LEWIS MCCALLUM: Syntheology
By Adam Burns
Soulful, funky and inspiring. Multi-instrumentalist Lewis McCallum is a talent to behold and he cements this fact with ‘Syntheology’, his second album here following 2007’s ‘Wake’. His other side credits have included The Relaxomatic Project, Hollie Smith and Opensouls. Producing the entirety of the album, with some additional programming from Julien Dyne, McCallum approaches electronica as a modern extension of jazz and maintains that acid-funk/urban lounge feel with probably more flair than the likes of Bugz In The Attic, Jazzanova or J Boogie’s Dubtronic Science. McCallum is joined by a wealth of vocalist friends (Deva Mahal, Mara TK, Francis Kora and so on) which fact will keep the followers happy and other producers green with envy. As the album’s title alludes, McCallum goes to town with an array of synthesisers, providing a beat-driven exercise in synthetic experimentalism which is executed with some great genre-bending depth. A wonderful blurring of jazz and beats.