|Album Review: Frederic Robinson – Mixed Signals|
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Next up, with "The Brightest Things" as our second track on the album you can hear Melanie Robinson's vocals featured on this song. This track may evoke a more emotional response as it plays with a skittering rhythm over shady lyrics.
While all of the tracks feature an array of musical instruments, "Vamp Till Ready" features a rich string orchestration that is balanced perfectly with the contrasting electronic beats. This third track amps up the energy a bit while still maintaining some of the ethereal vibes from the two previous tracks.
When we finally get to "Particles", there is a distinct change in sound where the bass has intensified and it feels like Robinson is just teasing us with the mix of light and dark components in this track. While he is clearly redefining what the boundaries are for the drum and bass genre, he is doing so in a such a gentle manner that it is quite surprising.
The title track "Mixed Signals" takes tight breaks in the bass and blends them into the singing strings. There is a calm essence throughout this album, but this track takes the cake for allowing your mind to wander off into the depths of these beautiful sounds.
The final track, "Static Float" demonstrates Robinson's vast influences; from drum and bass, electronica, to contemporary classical composers. Mixed Signals is said to be "music for the listener with a broad horizon and a short attention span". This is album is very forward thinking and offers a magnificent production value. Mixed Signals can only mark the beginning of Robinson's musical journey.