Tornado Wallace – Lonely Planet [RBLP009]
Over a few short years, Tornado Wallace has gone from being a promising nu-disco producer, to one capable of creating brilliant Balearica. Lonely Planet is his debut album, and must rank as his finest work to date. The seven tracks are dreamy, trippy and atmospheric – we’d expect nothing less – and draw on a far wider palette of Balearic influences than we’ve heard on previous experiences. Coupled with a new-found desire to include more live instrumentation (particularly glistening, Peter Green style guitar passages, drums and exotic flutes), the result is an album that’s as evocative, dreamy and humid as anything he’s produced to date. In other words, it’s a great album and comes highly recommended.