You probably haven’t heard much of Louis Cole, but his third record Time is sure to change things. With the renaissance of funk and jazz inspired electronica hitting us hard Cole’s DIY work ethic feels fresh.

Cole’s record is a veritable feast of beats that exude positivity. His style zig zags from hooky electro to soft beach balladry and even surf-pop, all the while holding your hand as it walks you through summer. There’s no over the top production making this a shiny package, often the most common feature of any vaguely electronic musician these days. On his third album he still manages to keep that ‘bedroom’ vibe that underpins his genteel voice and ties everything together.

Tracks like the angelic ‘Phone’ even manage to deconstruct the beat as they build it, showing off Cole’s talent as a multi-instrumentalist. His soft whisper brushed vocals create a cohesive path through quick-fire tracks like ‘Real Life’. Featuring acclaimed Jazz pianist Brad Mehldau, its double time beat races around you like the lasers it evokes. The freedom of jazz is worn on the sleeve here, it’s what makes this record so much to listen to over and over again.

Just when you think you’ve got a handle on the sound ‘Last Time You Went Away’ kicks in with its 23 piece orchestra soliloquising for a mere two minutes and its like you’ve been transported to another time. Time really is an apt title for this record; which brings the past, the present and future crashing together at an alarming rate. The pulsating beat of ‘Freaky Times’, its synth driven melody and the contrast between Cole’s own delicate vocal and mechanical crunches is one of the finest moments on the album. At 14 tracks this is on the lengthy side though with short ditties like the Beach Boys-esque ‘A Little Bit More Time’ it never feels like a chore.

Lyrically Cole still maintains the humour of his viral break-out ‘Bank Account’ from 2017 as he gently croons, “You blow your load its over” or informs us about how the world works, “When you’re ugly no one wants to talk to you, when you’re ugly here is something you can do, called fuck the world and be real cool” on the bass laden ‘When You’re Ugly’. Louis Cole is seemingly a strange man, but he’s a strange man with the observational wit of a comic.

It might be the pull of his friend Thundercat who contributed lead vocals on the bizarrely tranquil ‘Tunnels In The Air’ that gets you to this record, but it’s the weird vibrancy of Cole that will bring you back. If you need a good dose of enthusiastic summer sunshine then Louis Cole has crafted a superb hideaway.