Johnny Jewel is a man with a glittering track record of applying a gilded pop touch. Co-founder of the Italians Do It Better label, specialising in the kind of effortlessly enigmatic electro Prince might make if Kitsune reeled him in, ‘Kill For Love’ is a score of luxurious, panoramic pop beauty. And after being controversially overlooked for scoring the film Drive, it could be construed as a glorious way to settle a score. After all, revenge is best served as a lingering, neon-lit journey floating through silent city highways and ghosting through dead city streets.

An album that both blooms with hope and dreams and withers under the slow second half chill, ‘Kill For Love’ tempts with sweet vocals that crystallise in slow, glorious subtle builds. However you listen to this album – in its LP form, as one exquisitely blended piece or without drums – it’s simply a majestic effort.

By Reef Younis

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