Album #93: Warm Digits – Flight of Ideas

  • Released: 2020
  • Origin: Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England
  • Label: Memphis Industries
  • Best Track: Fools Tomorrow

I first heard Warm Digits about two years supporting someone (think it was Pinkshinyultrablast) at the Shipping Forecast in Liverpool. It wasn’t really the kind of music I’d ever seen live before, being very dancy and supported by visual projections. And people were actually dancing rather than moshing. Call me sheltered but it wasn’t my usual gig!

I liked it though, and it prompted me to check out their last album Wireless World. It’s not what I’d normally go for, but I can’t help enjoying it, especially ‘The Rumble and the Tremor.‘ Their sound is somehow retro and modern at the same time – analogue, yet futuristic.

On fourth album Flight of Ideas, the duo continue very much in the same successful vein, helped out by a number of guest vocalists, including The Lovely Eggs (who funnily enough released their latest album on the same day), and Maximo Park’s Paul Smith for the excellent ‘Fools Tomorrow’ – possibly my favourite track along with instrumental ‘I’m OK, Your OK’.

The second half of the record sees the funky-as-hell Orielles lend their craft on the infectious ‘Shake the Wheels Off’, which almost sounds a bit like Dead or Alive’s ‘You Spin Me Round’, and closer ‘Flight of Ideas’ is the closest we get to rave.

It’s a distinctive sound Warm Digits have, that seems to incorporate all aspects of electronic dance, ranging from house to disco.

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