The Del Ray System: Del Ray System
By Stephen Jewell
With their 1999 debut album 'Trans Pacific Express,' Cuba & Gizmo - aka Dean Godward and erstwhile New Loungehead drummer Isaac Tucker - helped pioneer the then fledgling homemade drum'n'bass scene. Tucker has since gone on to bigger and better things in England as part of this year's hottest new European dance band, Spektrum while Godward founded Bounce Records, home to Nesian Mystik. Del Rey System is essentially Godward's solo project, although Tucker, who was initially a fully fledged member, contributes to several tracks including the soulful Teremoana Rapley-sung single You Say, originally released several years ago, as was Phully's sublime chilled-out house You Say Seagull Remix which is also included. Other highlights include the beguiling, gypsy inspired, violin-filled Aotearosa, which guests King Kapisi, and the smooth ballad Sweet Division, which is sung by Fat Freddy's Dallas. Del Rey's bio compares the self-titled album, in somewhat over-generalised terms, to the work of big dance acts Groove Armada, Basement Jaxx and Daft Punk. But with the predominance of drum'n'bass flavoured big beats, it is perhaps nearer to the Armada. Recommended.