LUX is a mystery.
LUX may as well be called ‘So Fresh: Hits of Sleuth 2020. It’s well and truly expected that Sleuths debut album would be an eclectic and genre-defying release, as that’s what she has done across all her releases. But, I still really didn’t know what to expect going into it, considering Sleuths last EP was bordering on psytrance, LUX was a complete mystery as to which genres would be on display.
‘Hibernate’ adopts a similar approach to Portishead’s ‘Glory Box’ due to its slow lounge feel, jazz percussion and use of scratches.
‘Abyss Of Your Heart’ has incredible techno feel to it, but I feel the song would benefit by adopting the techno approach of drawing out and gradually introducing each component. The song still flows incredibly well, but the shorter introduction makes it harder for DJ’s to mix into a set, which is a possibility considering the club vibe to it.
‘Last Train’ adopts an acoustic, stripped back and slightly Spanish approach similar to guitar work from Hans Zimmer’s ‘Mission Impossible 2’ score and Luis Bacalov work.
Whilst toyed with a lot on Lux, the best juxtaposition between organic and electronic instruments comes in ‘Boy Who Cried Wolf’ which also highlights powerhouse moments of Melissa’s vocals, even at times adopting a soulful rap feel. A feel that is in ‘Breathe’ with the addition of Eskatology’s guest vocals and slow rap flow.
For her debut album, Sleuth has continued to push the boundaries and capabilities of her music and explore new realms of her sound.