Taurine :: released March 15 2006
What, or who, is Taurine? Well if you take the time to have a quick squiz at the dictionary (if you don't have the time, no worries - we'll do it for you) the definition is thus: of, or relating to, or resembling a bull. That explains one thing - the spiffy artwork featuring a bullfighter teasing what can only be a bull's spirit. Well how else do you explain that red floaty thing? Anyway enough of that. Where does this Taurine character hail from? Well judging by the laid back beats, sultry vocals, and the bull thingy; you'd think that the home of Balearic, Spain, would be a very good answer. After all, it would fit perfectly for a day on the beach in Ibiza after a hard night giving it up. But Taurine is in fact a local collective who hail from Sydney. The main players are producer Adam Ellis (A.D) who provides the slick muzak that lays the perfect platform on which vocalist Kachina Lewis can drench her Sade like vocals.
Right from the first keys of 'Floating On A High' Taurine set the standard for the rest of the album to smoothly follow. Think flutes, crisp beats, dreamy strings, the odd horn, and Lewis' uplifting vocal, which is rather like the cherry on top the ice-cream sundae if you know what we mean? 'Without You' and 'Depths Of the Mind' could easily be mistaken for a Kruder and Dorfmiester production with their funky basslines and snappy high top breaks. Things take an upbeat turn on 'Growing On Me', 'Nightlife' and 'Man Of My Heart'. On the former a nice rolling bass is infused with disco like guitar licks to make a tune that would more than hold it's own on any downbeat dancefloor. Whilst the latter is a trip into outer space with it's dreamy synth vibe, soaring strings, and Moloko style vocals. For the rest of the album it's more of the same really but not in a bad way. This is one of them there pieces of work that you can throw on and bop away till the cows come home. That's the thing, they eventually do, and to your surprise it's over all too soon. Don't worry though.there's a little thing called a repeat button you may already know about.
'Volume One' is highly produced laidback groove with well-placed splashes of breakbeat and house. It would be the perfect tonic after a long day at the beach but unfortunately winter is upon us. Hang on a second, this album would be even better heard on a wet and windy day, sat in a comfy armchair, with a big steaming mug of hot chocolate. That says it all really.