At Contact Towers, we're aware that there have been Kings of England, Kings of Comedy and even Kings of Convenience. But if ever there was a title bestowed for Kings of Chillout, it would certainly have gone to Henry Binns and Sam Hardaker, who, as Zero 7, took the laidback world by storm with their 2001 début album, 'Simple Things'.
A subtle blend of soul, funk and jazz, the pair of former studio tea boys had hit upon a formula which, combined with guest vocalists of the calibre of Sia Furler, made the album and its keynote moment 'Distractions' into the coffee table accessory du jour and resulted in a Mercury prize to boot. Blimey.
It's been mostly quiet, though, for the pair since their last original album, 2009's 'Yeah Ghost'; one that saw them in a much needed state of transition between their lounge roots and something more urgent and contemporary.
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