For her second album, smoky-voiced Londoner Andreya Triana moves away from the smouldering soul of her Bonobo-produced debut, Lost Where I Belong (2010) into the pop-soul arena. It’s a distinctly British sound: the clapping, bells and backing vocals of Gold and Lullaby hint at producer Matt Hales’s influence (he’s also worked with Lianne La Havas and Paloma Faith) and Triana’s strong, understated vocals recall the husky tones of Amy Winehouse, although without the sass. While enjoyable, Giants doesn’t take the genre to new heights; it’s easy-listening music with a sprinkling of bouncy, singalong tracks.
With the experimental warmth of '60s French films and the pizzicato flavor of horizontal hip-hop, Simon Green's Bonobo project established the welcome niche of a pretension-free, post-party intellectual chillout. An almost silent figure among Ibizian romanticists, Green began in Brighton, debuting in 1999 with a track on Tru Thoughts Recordings' When Shapes Join Together compilation. Though tempted by offers from Mute and XL after the official issue of "The Scuba EP" and the "Terrapin" single, Green stuck with Tru Thoughts for the acclaimed debut LP Animal Magic.
Sound as good or better than the original pressing. Recommended.