Brighton-based R&B producer El Train comes through with a colourful new album titled Puzzles. As this is his debut project, it is the first time I have come across this young and talented musician, but he impresses on this release, with lavish and textured synth and key-heavy production that is enriched by vocals and features throughout.
From the stellar rap feature from Cold Callers on the opening track “Find a Place” to the soothing and hypnotic tone of the closer “Overwinter” featuring HEZEN, the sounds El Train is able to produce on this album are diverse and eclectic. The 8-bit beat influence on “Trying” makes it one of the more upbeat and interesting tracks, especially with the saxophone leads sampled throughout and the thumping beat. “All the Time” features a beautiful vocal performance from Javeon, whilst the rhythmic and dynamic groove on “Oh Baby” is also a highlight. The introspective tone Lord Apex is able to bring on “Keep it Clear” is also a stellar one, with jazzy undertones over a lavish instrumental. The upbeat energy on “She” is complemented by a verse from Barney Artist, who is a perfect fit for this track. Overall, El Train comes through with an exciting and groovy album that deserves to be heard and supported by everyone.
Listen to El Train’s debut album Puzzles below via Spotify and don’t forget to support! Released via NxtGen Records.