Faithless main man Rollo Armstrong returns alongside Dido as R Plus, announcing the release of their debut album, ‘The Last Summer’.
The Last Summer is the first of a planned series of albums by Faithless founder Rollo Armstrong under the moniker R Plus and is set for release via Loaded Records on 11th October. The first singles from the album, Summer Dress and Those Were The Days, were released without revealing the musicians behind it, although eagle-eared listeners spotted the distinctive vocals of Dido on the song. Yes, the collaborative “Plus” in this release is none other than the producer’s sister. A new single from the LP, My Boy, is out now.
R Plus began when Rollo was working with Dido on her recently released #3 album, Still On My Mind. While the siblings worked on her songs, Rollo expressed his desire to make a new album of his own, an evocative take on the music he loves best.
Taking its cue from albums like Royksopp’s ‘Melody AM’ or Air’s ‘Moon Safari’, or Moby’s ‘Play’ or, maybe The Orb’s ‘Adventures in…’ – records where you can drop yourself deep into a warm, particular, idiosyncratic and coherent sound – this is an album that wants to be a whole album – with a beginning, middle and (you guessed it) an end.
In The Last Summer, Rollo and Dido , along with Faithless partner Sister Bliss, have created an album with melody ay its cire: it’s textured but easy, uplifting and a little yearning. It has a sense of things you know, you recognise, all wrapped up in a funky ball of light and wonder…
3. My Boy
4. Clouds Like Islands
5. Summer Dress
7. Ozzie Girl
8. On Back Of A Scooter
9. Those Were The Days
11. Teacher’s Poem
12. Look Up