In another age, Londoner Alex Clare might have found his soulful tones backed by shimmering strings or woozy trip-hop. Appearing in the year it does, however, it seems inevitable that his debut album would be powered by a very 2012 sound: dubstep. Luckily, in employing producers Major Lazer, he's working with some of the best. Diplo and Switch turn the sparse "Sanctuary" into that hitherto unimaginable thing, a dubstep ballad, while an audacious cover of Prince's "When Doves Cry" deploys junglist drums and dark, looming bass with an ear for maximum drama.
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