This week Sonic Academy welcomes back renowned British techno producer and record label founder Kirk Degiorgio for a new course - How To Use Vintage Plugins in EDM. Inspired by a chat he was having with DJ KiNK, this course focuses on whether classic studio gear works with equal success for electronic dance music, as it does on acoustic rock/pop. The plug-in (and audio) manufacturers market their emulations of vintage hardware using generic "shopping-mall" AOR rock. The demos and tutorials they release are therefore of no practical use to the many producers who make electronic music.
So this is where we find our hero in 2003. Dropped from his major label and absent his trademark flowing golden locks, Vintage presents his fans with yet another set of standout ballads and standards done only the way the Bolton can. Kicking out the jams early on with "The Very Thought of You," the tone is set right away for the album as a perfect musical accompaniment to a romantic dinner. The smooth, sultry tone is brought to a rousing climax with his re-interpretation of Etta James' classic "At Last." The fun continues onward with "Daddy's Little Girl," which was featured prominently in an ad campaign. Vintage closes with the potent but loaded question of "What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?," a stunning finish to an album sure to appease even the most loyal of his fans.