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Scott Hardkiss

Technicolor Daydream

(God Within; US: 4 Aug 2009; UK: 19 Oct 2009)

The Funk Hits the Fan

Scott Hardkiss has been around for a long time. Though best associated with the Hardkiss label, which cranked out intelligent, often gorgeous West Coast house during the 1990s, Mr. Hardkiss returns with his first album proper as a recording artist. Technicolor Dreamer marks a return to the urban pop, soul, and funk sounds of his native New York City. As the back cover suggests, the album is envisioned as an imaginary soundtrack to an electric night out on the town. Thus, a handful of vocalists, most notably Luna’s Britta Philips, contribute to the eclectic feel. The wide-screen dance pop of “Come On, Come On” and the old skool electro-funk shout-out “Hey Deejay!” hit the sweet spot, but too much of Technicolor Dreamer comes across as more of an exercise in Party Albums 101 than a revelation. It’s far from bad but far from 1999, too.

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John Bergstrom has been writing various reviews and features for PopMatters since 2004. He has been a music fanatic at least since he and a couple friends put together The Rock Group Dictionary in third grade (although he now admits that giving Pat Benatar the title of "first good female rocker" was probably a mistake). He has done freelance writing for Trouser Pressonline, Milwaukee's Shepherd Express, and the late Milk magazine and website. He currently resides in Madison, Wisconsin with his wife and two kids, both of whom are very good dancers.


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