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Friday, Jul 01 2016 | 04:54
Image: 1604090 Stee Downes is back with the new album The Bigger Picture.

1. Big Mistake
2. Never Good Enough
3. Look And Load
4. Always On My Mind
5. Holdin
6. Life
7. All Over The World
8. Dignity
9. Don’t Give Up Hope
10. Getting On
11. Lost Sight Of Love

Eight whole years have gone by since Stee Downes ecstasized the entire world with his
debut „All In A Day“ (SK203CD). It probably must have been all the different, formidable
collaborations with the crème de la crème of the pop appealing house music scene, from
Flight Facilities („Hold Me Down“, 2014), Kraak & Smaak („How We Gonna Stop The Time“,
2014), Alex Barck („Like A Drug“, 2014), Lovebirds („Want You In My Soul“, 2011) to Kyodai
(„Music Rises Up“, 2013) or Marlow („Something Is Coming“, 2016), which kept the bustling
Dublin based singer and musician again and again from raising the ante by releasing his
long-awaited sophomore album.
“The Bigger Picture” though, is an album worth waiting for in every respect. The eleven songs
are altogether a bit more mature than everything Downes has ever recorded to this day.
Every track embeds a load of funk – spread over the 60 minutes never showing a disposition
to get jittery but twists the listener round one's little finger smoothly and in a laid-back
fashion hard to compare. “Lock And Load” and “Never Good Enough” are two textbook
examples of throttled funkyness paired with boundless sex appeal. The preliminary single
and opener “Big Mistake” is one of these songs literally inviting you to sing along. „You gonna
get your life in check“ is just one of the album's many punch lines which will creep into your
mind like an earworm. That's why it's hardly surprising that it took Downes so long to
compose these eleven gems and finally, after several misrouted attempts, finding the
matching co-producer in Pascal Blanche (of Chasing Kurt) and the perfect sound for his
condign successor on Sonar Kollektiv. After all one of the tracks is called “Dignity”, a song
with which Stee Downes explains what this is all about: To believe in yourself, to pull your
own thing through no matter the effort it takes and trouble it may cause, and first and
foremost to preserve your own freedom in whatever you try to achieve. “The Bigger Picture”
radiates in all its facets, in its lyrics, in its production and in its casual groove an eternal
optimism. You can prescribe this album extraordinaire easily for repeatedly daily
consumption. One thing is for sure by all means: With “The Bigger Picture” Stee Downes has
arrived all the way at the top, at the zenith of his glory. Available from 12.08.2016
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