Album review: Camelphat – Dark Matter

‘Dark Matter’ is the debut album of British DJ duo CamelPhat. The group have been making waves in the dance music scene for quite a while now. Since their formation in 2004 they have gone on to make platinum-selling songs, becoming Grammy and Ivor Novello nominated artists. With all this acclaim would they be able to live up to the hype of finally releasing their debut album? The short answer is yes.

Dance fans you are in for a treat on this album. Across 21 tracks the group experiments in deep house, techno, and trip-hop. The record is full of entrancing production that at times makes you feel like you’re taking a trip through space and time as the minimalist sounds evolve into absorbing bangers that must be heard in a live setting, expect tickets for this album tour to sell out fast whenever it is safe for concerts to return. 

There is a wide array of emotions captured during the runtime of this album. Moments of joy and ecstasy on the likes of ‘Easier’ contrast the fierce and spine-tingling sensation you get from the smash hits such as ‘Cola’ and ‘Panic Room’ that the duo gained considerable exposure for. At times you feel like you want to dance and run for your life at the same time creating an atmosphere that you would see in a chase scene of a thriller. The build-up on these tracks is nothing short of excellent, the crescendo reached in both exemplify why CamelPhat are held in such high regard. 

When it comes to guest stars this album has some massive names. Jake Bugg and Noel Gallagher are sure to get anyone’s attention as they demonstrate the crossover potential CamelPhat has. Both do a stellar job with Bugg shining on the albums lead single ‘Be Someone’. It is also worth noting that ‘Easier’ featuring Lowes was written by none other than Florence Welch. CamelPhat really brought in the big guns for the vocal contributions on this record. Maverick Sabre and Jem Cooke also add their unique voices to ‘Reaction’ and ‘Breathe’ respectively. One of the standouts tracks, however, is the ominously titled ‘Witching Hour’ with no vocals required, the moody production from both CamelPhat and fellow brit Will Easton does all the talking. Perfect for your Halloween playlist this tune is all treat and no trick.

With ‘Dark Matter’ CamelPhat have created a stunning body of work. Their debut album has certainly been worth the wait. All their previous accolades and recognition are fully merited when you listen to this album and realise they are simply one of the most exciting DJ prospects the U.K. has to offer. They can only expect more fame and success off the back of this album.

Dark Matter is available on all streaming platforms.

Follow CamelPhat on Instagram, Twitter and Spotify.

Text by: Conor Sharkey Glackin /// label: RCA Records

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