Tinlicker blurs the lines on Magical Sophomore album


Tinlicker delivers a debut album of the year with the release of their second album, In another lifeon Anjunadeep.

The pandemic has been like a black hole for many, including Micha Heyboer and Jordi Van Achthovenbetter known as Tinlicker. Following the release of their highly acclaimed debut album This is not our universe, the duo went on to release a plethora of singles, EPs and remixes while playing shows around the world, but the events of 2020 stopped their live appearances in their tracks. While they have since resumed touring, Tinlicker also used the huge ups and abyssal lows they experienced during this time to release their second album, In another lifeto live.

The title of this ambitious album on Anjunadeep was inspired by, as the duo note, the feeling of living for the past two years in a “parallel universe in which human beings have had to reinvent themselves whether they like it or not.” To help convey this sentiment, the duo enlists a number of vocalists, including Nathan Nicholson, Irrepressible Jamie, Roos Jonkerand the familiar Hero Baldwin to pack an emotional punch. With these talents on board, the two explore everything from progressive house to breakbeat, as well as themes of love and loss, with dynamism and vigour.

In another life shines with crisp sound design and a lovely quirkiness one would expect from both producers. So take a step into the parallel universe of Tinlicker by listening on Spotify or your favorite platform, and keep reading for a review of this stellar second album!

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Climb through the wormhole to the enchanting parallel plane of Tinlicker.

An amalgamation of the light-hearted inspirations of their early electro-tinged EPs on mau5trap and the massive sound design of their Anjuna-infused anthems from This is not our universeTinlicker’s new album begins with the obscure “hypnotized.” Taking inspiration from Dosem for an opener to match their dancefloor-ready EP, this hypnotic journey also sets the album’s theme brilliantly.

Two of the previously released singles”Be here and now” with Nathan Nicholson and “healing forestfollowed as a wink asking listeners to be patient before unveiling the wonders of what they wanted to show properly. “Be Here And Now” is just as haunting on the album as it was when it was first released. On the other hand, “Healing Forest” sits on the opposite end of the spectrum, drawing eccentricity from their space duck EP with the same bouncy energy as “The Walk”, demonstrating how they derived soundscapes from each of their eras for this album.

“Come Back Home” is where the jawbone begins.

Tinlicker delivers sweet tones and melodic leaning energy that the pair play in their deeper sets on “Come back home.” This one sees the duo team up with Roos Jonker and is sure to be a favorite of those who miss that nostalgic progressive sound of yesteryear. “Just to hear you say“feels like a nice, honorable homage to folk sounds, but in the inventive Tinlicker polish that really shines in the context of the album like a real treat.

Of the, “Will always beoffers itself to fans of their latest album as an impressive follow-up to the hypnotic triplets of “The Whale”. Nathan Nicholson’s second appearance is just as haunting as the first, as it marks the first half of the album’s ending.

Then the duo crack their fingers and ride the subs for “Xanadu.”

Xanadu“brings a sense of weirdness as Tinlicker reminds us that they are more than willing and able to do peak moments on this album as well. Shortly after, the duo deliver”You Take my hand”, a courageous progressive track that the producers have done well to deliver time and time again. Irrepressible Jamie vocals over space-age instrumental style deliver a beautifully cinematic moment in the break, and a drop that’s sure to capture any listener in their tractor beam. Skip the formalities, “Under the starsmakes it clear that it’s built for clubs, with drumming capable of stirring any dance floor into a frenzy.

As the album’s twilight approaches, “Light Beam” makes a welcome appearance.

Leading the first of the last three tracks, “beam of lightoffers a familiar holdover from their Open Air Prague set and a glimpse into the lighter side of the rest of the album. The penultimate track begs the question of whether or not Tinlicker is limited to just four beats on the floor, and “I’m free” responds as a stunning answer. Jamie Irrepressible’s second offering on vocals sets the bow on a breakbeat battle cry that will raise even the most skeptical eyebrows.

Ultimately, “Renaissance” with Hero Baldwin is a “lighters in the air” moment to signal the end of this comprehensive work. This progressive feel-good tune is sure to have you crying at the club and is Tinlicker’s arc as the roses are thrown on stage.

Tinlicker’s ups and downs during the pandemic resonate extremely vividly throughout this comprehensive work.

In another life guides the listener effortlessly between melancholy and euphoria with a mad genius that one would expect from the duo. In this second album, that other life encapsulates the two’s growth as producers, songwriters and people, in a way that exceeds the already lofty expectations of a decade of consistency between some of dance music‘s top labels.

For a star that has already gone supernova, the only thing the duo needed to do next was create another universe that could encapsulate this masterpiece. This, however, leaves the question: can even this second life contain their creativity, or can we expect a multiverse along this sonic frontier?

Tinlicker- In another life – List of tracks:

  1. hypnotized
  2. Be Here and Now (feat. Nathan Nicholson)
  3. healing forest
  4. Come Home (feat. Roos Jonker)
  5. Just to hear you say
  6. Always Will (feat. Nathan Nicholson)
  7. Xanadu
  8. You Take My Hand (feat. Jamie Irrepressible)
  9. Under the stars
  10. beam of light
  11. I’m Free (feat. Jamie Irrepressible)
  12. Rebirth (feat. Hero Baldwin)
Tinlicker in another life

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