CD SD 120-2
Release Date 21.06.2004
Magic Number is Ross Hillard, who hails from
the English city of Leicester. He took a demo
of his song ‘That Day’ to Mantis
Recordings back in 2001. It was a fabulously
soulful, Latin flavoured song, with a wonderful
vocal performance from local session singer
Rachel Foster and Rhodes piano by non other
than Raymond Angry from The Blackbyrds. Mantis
main man Martin ‘Atjazz’ Iveson
was suitably impressed, and helped Ross to produce
the track. Which was released later that year,
receiving high praise from many well respected
DJ’s and producers, including the likes
of Larry Heard, Laurent Garnier and Ben Watt.
The music press also added their own encouraging
Keeping the winning lineup of Ross as writer,
and Atjazz as producer, an album gradually began
to take shape. It was as the album was nearing
completion, that a CDR of some of the songs
fell onto the desk of us here at Stereo Deluxe.
The songs were strong, and expressive. Definitely
something that’s always a pleasure to
receive in the mail. So, here we are, some months
down the line, extremely happy to be releasing
the debut Magic Number album ‘That Day’.
The vocal heart of the Magic Number project
is Edinburgh born soul singer Jane Hamilton.
She makes the first of five appearances on the
album with the song ‘Waiting (For You)’.
A downtempo number with an elasticated bass
sound, it’s soul music of the highest
order. ‘Sorry’, also has a stunning
performance from Jane. The soaring strings heighten
the energy of the compelling lyrics and lively
drums. The song may be familiar to some, as
it was previously released as a single on Mantis.
This led to Jane and Ross working with further
Sonar Kollektiv artists. Slope’s ‘Find
our Love’ and Deyampert’s ‘It’s
You’, both have Jane’s wonderful
Though the title may not suggest it, ‘Sad
World’ is an optimistic song, which should
raise a smile on most faces. It’s another
string-laden beauty with Jane again showing
why her gorgeous voice is so loved by Ross.
On ‘Sun Song’ Vicki Harrop’s
simple, but sexy, vocal hook, and the dazzling
progression of the harmonies work perfectly.
When performed live, with backing singers, it’s
never failed to fill the room with delight.
‘Sun Song’ leads beautifully to
the anthemic ‘Fly Away’, which is
also the first Magic Number single for Stereo
Deluxe. It’s a totally euphoric house
record, with Jane yet again delivering the goods.
The finale of the album is the sort of dance
track that makes you reminisce of a great night
out. ‘Everyday’ is probably best
described as a Jersey Garage dub, which oozes
positivity. It’ll leave you with a warm
satisfied vibe. Which we hope this whole album