Aaron Taylor – Better Days (2016)
Aaron Taylor’s "Better Days" is the kind of album that sits sweetly between high-energy funk and gentle groove, with enough in each song to keep your attention, but at the same time keeping it easy to zone in and out, enjoying the vibe of the record.
London-based singer and producer Aaron Taylor writes songs with very careful attention to detail. They are complex — with cleverly twisted melodies and satisfyingly cool horn licks, all recorded with a great knack for feel and tempo. But it is the natural, almost-but-not-too-much charm of Taylor’s writing that comes to the fore, keeping each track accessible and instantly enjoyable. Everything is brilliantly placed in the mix and the mastering has left enough room at the high points for some real studio magic, whilst the few samples placed throughout the record are done so with taste to create an entertaining sense of narrative.
The track that hooked me was Breakfast, but on a second listen I am struggling to find a real standout number. Ideal for a long drive, work in the garden, part of a cocktail party playlist, or a lazy sunny afternoon, I strongly recommend checking it out.