A glowing endorsement from Laurent Garnier is a plaudit to be proud of, and Jim Rivers has got just that for Airport Vultures. Rivers shot to fame with his debut sing “Restore” in 2006, but it has taken until now for him to bring his techno and house influences together for a full release. Signed to Carl Cox’s Intec imprint, for Airport Vultures Rivers has ensured his accessible sound is lively and inventive – he’s sure to win over many more fans who are more likely to be found on the dancefloors rather than the DJ booths.
A compelling listen with plenty of tunes that will be heard on dancefloors this summer.
Minimal is the order of the day to kick the album off after the dreamy “Miles Away” as Rivers gets a rhythm going. “Pheonix” and “Tangent” set the pulse of the album before a subtle vocal in “Product” indicates a step towards thumping techno with a jacking beat on “We Can Do This All Night”. He moves into clicky house territory for “On the Line” and there’s a infectious Detroit vibe on “The Seventh Degree”. Rivers gets down and dirty with “Your Love Uhh” which signals a harder edge to the latter stages of this impressive debut with a pause for beath on “Nearly There”, and the uplifting final tracks “When I Needed You” and “Bells”.
Rivers produced Airport Vultures out of his small home studio with no engineer or software trickery. The care and attention of his personal vision has created a compelling listen with plenty of tunes that will be heard on dancefloors this summer.