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A fantastic, good-time, upbeat album and if released in a different decade would be a massive album.

I put on this album from Dutchman Marcel Singor and immediately thought of classic Prince and the Dan Reed Network. Sure enough, the press release agrees with the Prince analogy but please keep the Dan Reed one in mind as well. As a result, there are Funky songs galore with outlandish guitar solos (in the vein of Steve Vai) – what's not to like?

Singor, ever since winning the Dutch National Guitar Awards at the age of thirteen, has been a household name in the Dutch world of virtuoso lead guitar and has been recording with different bands and various others since the 1980s – but this is his first solo album. As a natural consequence, this is a very mature debut and he has thrown everything including the kitchen sink into the effort.

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Opener 'Authority' has "classic" written all over it with a relentless groove, insane guitar and synths coming out of everywhere. Singor has a commercial Reed-esque voice and he also delivers the aforementioned masterful guitar solos. The tracks on the whole are mid-tempo-based with a driving drumbeat and are very much of a 1980's vibe; 'Let's Not Talk' and 'Flash' are Dance/Rock/Funk and emphasis the point that this album needs to be turned up loud.

Producer Bas Bron has lent his synth-heavy approach to this album and it combines with Singor's vocals and guitar work perfectly. Alongside the Funk, the ballads work well with Singor's voice coming to the fore in tracks such as 'Colour My Time'.
'Futureproof' is a fantastic, good-time, upbeat album and if released in a different decade would be a massive album; connoisseurs of good music should make a beeline for this.

Rob McKenzie

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