Release Date: Nov 25, 2016
Record label: Ninja Tune
Genre(s): Electronic, House, Pop/Rock, Club/Dance
Following up 2013’s eponymous album with the dynamic Last Night on the Planet, Letherette amp up their signature style with a funkier approach, darting between bpms and traversing genres. The duo serve up the cocktail of synth-driven samples and R&B beats we have come to expect but flaunt their versatility, mixing a wide range of influences with flashes of brilliant experimentation. Rejjie Snow’s confident, intimate rap hooks the listener on opener Momma, while the first single Shanel evokes the intrigue and energy of 80s R&B.
Letherette made no secret of their fondness for incorporating different styles into their music on their self-titled debut, a tradition Richard Roberts and Andy Harber continue on Last Night on the Planet. But where Letherette's eclecticism felt like a warmly literate pastiche, on this album the duo gets close to dabbling. Roberts and Harber have updated their palette since their first album, adding more hip-hop and downtempo elements to their disco, house, and synth pop foundations.
Letherette's highly anticipated second album is the deep and dusky Last Night on the Planet, a follow-up that should please fans as it offers more of the same subterranean grooves and vintage samples that made their 2013 debut so appealing.Hailing from the same UK city of Wolverhampton as the much-feted Bibio, Letherette create similarly sample-centric music, but the comparisons really end there. Where Bibio is light and pastoral, Letherette are deep and murky, aiming more squarely for the dance floor. And while the majority of the album is highly danceable, some of its more interesting moments occur at more laid-back tempos.
You’d be forgiven for wondering just what exactly Letherette have been exposed to in that studio of theirs, given that Last Night On The Planet is only their second actual LP release in six years – a recording career that, to the contrary, has seen them drop as much black wax as a tipsy merchandiser at a Sisters of Mercy gig. In fact, this latest effort from the Wolverhampton duo is the third offering to emerge from their encampment this year alone. Though, therein lies the rub.