Label: Modus Records Release date: Out Now! Website: Along with platelets and red blood cells, a grand sense of musical intelligence courses through the veins of Russ Davies. He may be too old to be branded as a wunderkind, but being the progeny of rock and roll legend Dave Davies (of the Kinks) shows off in both his music and his attitude. To shamelessly lift from his page, “Russ wanted to create music that had an honest heart, music with good intentions, music that felt like a good friend,” and as the Cinnamon Chasers, he may just fulfill his dreams of finding friends in his music. Whether or not this is a method of overcompensation is not an issue. The bottom line is that White Flag is not only an addictive, danceable tune, but it also meets Russ’s expectations of good intentions. “I don’t want to hurt you now,” Russ says to us, his voice quietly drifting across an ocean of synthetic blips. And hurt us, he does not. The beat is solid without being unrepentant, and the airy vocals are tender without being insincere. Not too cheery and not too soft, White Flag is juuuuuuuuust right, to paraphrase a certain young girl with golden curls. But wait, there’s more! White Flag is not just a great song; it’s actually four great songs. The song described above is the straightforward radio edit, while the so-called “Dub Club Mix” nixes the vocals for heavier and more varied synth instrumentation. The album version adds a spacey drum introduction and slows the pace down, though not too considerably. Finally, “White Flag (Corrupting the Good Girl Mix)” has the most epic feel of the bunch, smartly delaying the vocals while the song builds up to a discotheque-shaking crescendo. No mix stands far above the rest in terms of quality, but superiority is moot when, on the whole, White Flag is a triumphant success. Rating: 9/10