Lets establish something right away. The Rapture are incredible. They make astonishing, almost other worldly music, music that hits you when you hear it for the first time, like Joy Division, 'OK Computer' or 'Anarchy In The UK' did. It fills you with that feeling you get when you fall in love with someone. It's music to transport out of the dull, pointless existence you endure day after day.
'Olio' is their second proper British release, and it makes the over hyped Fischerspooner seem like just another record company fuelled little pop band. No theatricality, just cold, dark, almost jabbing electric beats, a spooky grey synth and perhaps best of all, the pained, anguished, near breakdown vocals of lead man Luke Jenner. "Over and over and over again" he yelps, as if his life depended on it, and as the synths and bleeps transform into the kind of inspiring Deep House not heard for a decade, 'Olio' reaches a painful climax.
The song ends with about 30 seconds of the kind of noise lorries make when they reverse. Remember where you were when you first heard this record. Because as The Rapture grow and grow in both popularity and importance, the more you'll get asked.
8Robert Luckett's Score