After years pounding the live scene in London with his ravey house, Scottish expat, Drums of Death, or Colin Bailey as he is also known, has finally put together this ten-track debut. Drawing heavily on the ’90s, there’s a wealth of banging beats, repeated piano stabs and moments of speedy house layered with Bailey’s accented vocals, swinging from deep baritone to falsetto. There are great tracks here: ‘Science & Reason’; the dark dance number ‘Won’t Be Long’ with its heart-felt, but clichéd, lyrics; the retro video-game electro instrumental ‘Creak’. Piano in the album closer ‘Voodoo Lovers’ comes courtesy of Chilly Gonzales in this little attempt at a deep-down, emotional, epic finale.
Anyone who has experienced the live frenzy of the be-painted one may find the album slightly lacking, it’s a genre that fires up through huge speakers. More a clubnight adventure than a sit-down and listen album, Generation Hexed promises much but can’t quite deliver due to the format. Perhaps the almost-guaranteed set of remixes will give these songs the punch they deserve.