After teasing out several announcements and some stellar singles, UK powerhouse Redlight has finally dropped his first full-length album in more than three years, Active. And clearly by the sound and fury on this LP, Redlight has been just that. This release is 10 tracks of body-moving music that enlists a host of talented vocalists and rolls through myriad sounds seamlessly.
Of course, there’s already been plenty of praise for several of these tunes already—most recently the driving, electro-flecked “Get Wavey.” Then there’s the fierce, floor-burning “So Nice,” which merges beefy UKG and cut-time 808 and trap breakdowns, as well as sneering vocal aid from Asabe to ice the cake. Not to mention the wildly bouncy “Ride That Thing” to really wring the sweat out of the rave.
And all of that is just the beginning, with seven solid tracks still on the roster. There’re plenty of four-on-the-floor movers, from the emotive crooning of Karen Harding on “Seasons” to the dancehall party vibes of Sweetie Irie on “Zum Zum.” Redlight still brings plenty of monster basslines on tracks like “Freaky” and “Bags” (most of all, the simply mad sounds of “Crazy”), and really digs into the synths on “Missing” to pump the energy to the next level. Even beyond taking a wide spectrum of four-four for a spin, Redlight unleashes a track like “Everyday,” which bridges the gap between US trap and UK drill music with the help of Lisa Mercedez.
Active is another solid collection of tracks that meld genre explorations with original and unique ideas. On every release, Redlight seems to push his talents just a bit further. Solid productions, stellar vocalist choices, and an absolute passion are employed to get crowds up on their feet; that’s why Redlight has stayed at the top of his game. The album has something for everyone and will definitely be a much-lauded release.
Redlight’s Active LP is available here.