Brotherly duo Andrew and Daniel Aged are the latest act to reimagine the hallmarks of R&B's 90s glory days as something more broodingly personal. Unsurprisingly, the most striking qualities of these seasoned session players for 50 Cent and Elton John are the lightness and tightness of their luxe sound.
Most of No World's 11 tracks have hushed, come-hither vocals, bleeping keys, reverbed guitar, gliding bass lines and spacious, jazzy drumming that occasionally flirts with drum 'n' bass. The overall effect is pleasantly daydreamy, though the album quickly settles into one gear. It's an easy record to put on and forget about.
The most memorable moments spring from the cascading staccato melodies on songs like The Place and Lifetime, which are about as assertive as these bashful brothers get. Andrew's vocals are whispery to the point of abstraction, and the lyrics provide more cadence than substance. As such, Inc. sometimes sound like a background act missing a lead.
Top track: The Place