Tensnake, like Daft Punk before him, seems to have decided that the best way to get house music to sell is to wheel in Nile Rodgers for a couple of songs, fuse it with some disco, and simply wait for the money to roll in. Unlike Daft Punk however, it hasn’t worked as well on new album Glow as it did on the french duo’s game-changing Random Access Memories.
The problem is that the album seems to lack a sense of identity. Is it a commercial disco/house album with some darker deep-house tracks, or a deep house album with the occasional disco respite? Either way, that’s a strange mix and not one that works particularly well.
There can be no denying Tensnake’s credentials as a house musician. Songs like ‘See Right Through’ and ‘No Colour’ will fit nicely in to most DJs’ sets and ‘58 BPM’ is exactly as slow and entrancing as the tempo title suggests. The more disco influenced songs like ‘Love Sublime,’ with its gratuitous Nile Rodgers’ guitar breaks, and ‘Pressure’ let the album down somewhat.
If Glow were left to be a simple house album, it would have ended up an underground hit. Instead, Tensnake has been ambitious with his first album on a major label by trying to commercialise it, and it has suffered as a result.