There is a strange juxtaposition that lies at the heart of Lux Quacey’s music in general, and Alone in particular. On the one hand the beats and drive are punchy and vibrant enough, creating an upbeat mood and a groovesome vibe, on the other there is so much space in the track that it comes across as chilled, purposefully laidback and almost lazy. It means that it manages to sit in two worlds, both as a minimalist dance floor track all sultry groove and hypnotic, skittering hook lines and as an after club, early hours, chill out, future classic.
The charm is that he knows where their most effective sonic bench mark is and even stopped short of that, allowing space and atmosphere to fill in the gaps between the beats and bars as instruments in their own right. Whereas most musicians would have piled on the layers of synth, doubled up the pace of the beat and overloaded the song, Quacey is a master of musical understatement. The result is an elegant, intriguing, wonderfully clean-limbed, effortlessly soulful and totally original chilled and minimal, slow dance track that fits into the club night at any point from that first drink of the evening to the après-club, after party wind down. Clever, very clever.