When Doves Cry
Label: Universal-Island Records Ltd.
Alex Clare is on the vanguard of EDM-doused dance-pop, thanks to the thunderous, dub-stepping bass of his smash "Too Close" and beats by Major Lazer. But what makes his sound so compelling is that he is, at heart, a jazz-loving, old-soul singer. Everything here is at once coolly chic enough to throb across a club floor and cast a warm, confessional glow. Add to that his very ... Britishness and you get tracks like "Relax, My Beloved," a funeral dirge decked in the strains of a dubby orchestra of synths, and the delicate "Tight Rope," with its barely contained bass threatening to topple it.