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Boxed In, back in.
So it goes that my annual selection touches on similar themes. Boxed In featured last year with “Full Circle”. How could I resist this fantastic groove, another to mix and mingle the blatantly retro with the cutting edge?
For “Running Out”, those retro touches are unbridled tributes to synth pioneers over a twenty-to-thirty year period. It rushes past you quickly and unashamed: this is power pop with something of the swish, the urban, the inner city. The outside world can be pushed aside with the strut of this track’s attitude, just put in the noise-cancellers and get out there.
I compare and re-visit the previous lists quite often. Patterns do emerge, of course they do. Humans like their patterns. Maybe there was, just at the back of my mind, a narrative reason behind choosing certain songs to follow each other. An inner DJ thinking process? Occasionally showing that I can review and research these things, now and then? A little from column a, a little from column b.
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Backward to Track 7
I remember the nodding head that accompanied hearing this track for the first time. Satisfaction. Delight. Pleasure. The sense of feeling good about the world, if only for five minutes, through the medium of Spotify.
“Full Circle” itself goes full circle. It builds – sort of – into compressed electro beats and soulful heights – before a slow release winding down into its opening introduction. The circular motion is hypnotic, placed in a chilled-out middle ground between ambiance and techno. I’ve been somewhat cruel towards Years and Years this…er…year: there’s something in ‘Full Circle’ which speaks of what they could be without the full neon-light mainstream gloss and shine. The underpinning maturity of ‘Full Circle’ is the central reason why it’s on this list while, for example, “Shine” is not. I like my melodic dance-influenced mid-tempo ballads like most people, but I prefer them sounding like this.