It's hard to stick out in the post-dub step era of music. Artists along these lines need to find a small niche for themselves and breakaway from the pack, using a mix of experimentalism and contemporary pop. Just look at the likes of James Blake or SBTRKT, technically they are two completely different artists. However they both come from that post-dub step mold and have a made a name for themselves creating moody yet intelligent constructions of dub-step styled pop.

London duo Stubborn Heart are trying to carry on with that same formula with there self titled debut coming out on the One Little Indian label. That's the same label that boosts an eclectic pack of artists and bands including The Computers, Dan Sartain and the mighty Bjork. If you take out the artist mentioned last, you get the feeling that the label is the right place for the duo as they are never going to be a band who will have an impactful shot at contemporary pop music. They just don't seem to have made a hit viable enough to jump aboard that bandwagon.

The album is atmospheric mood music to the core. It's the kind of album you could have on in the background whilst being really busy, and it never seems to pull your ears in or really grip your attention. In a generation where artists are really pulling out the stops to make an impression with their music, Stubborn Heart just seem to give you an album and only hope you get on with it. There's no track that really forces you to stop exactly what you're doing and give it some attention.

Saying all that Stubborn Heart's production is pristine. It's like a new model home; minimalistic and clean as a whistle. When opening track 'penetrate' hits, you'll notice how simple the beats are. The production is really sparse which puts more emphasis on Luca Santucci's ultra sensitive vocals. However like that new house, Stubborn Hearts electronic soul beats sometimes feel so empty that you feel the need to immediately fill them up and make them far busier.

Santucci's work on the tracks is that of a lonely character that never seems to get it right with love. This is a scenario that has been done many times before; you could even liken it to Sampha's lyrics on the SBTRKT album. Santucci does play this role extremely well though, as his dreary tone is very believable. On 'Two Times a Maybe' Santucci is practically begging to spend time with an unknown love interest. It's a slightly sappy situation portrayed by the lead singer, but you do feel quite apologetic towards him by the end of the song.

Stubborn Heart's moody post-dub step vibes are not on that same level as SBTRKT or James Blake but they do take the term atmospheric dreariness to a new level. This is an album that never really fills you with promise or gives you a lift; it's more like one for the sulkers in the corner who like to paint themselves blue whilst never leaving their Greif hole.