Producers are music royalty Lol Crème, Trevor Horn, Stephen Lipson, and Ash Soan – and are set to release their debut album Made In Basing Street – a result of five years’ worth of performing and honing from this collective of extraordinarily highly regarded producers and artists which have, over the past 40 years, scored over 200 hit singles and albums. The project started in the studio (on Basing Street) before moving to a series of secret London gigs, ramming the likes of the Camden Barfly to the rafters with guest vocalists including Will Young and Jamie Cullum. The live experience led to recording and writing songs, designed to be performed alongside some of the numerous hits with which they are associated. The album dives into the technicolour pop sound the UK has always basked in, with added rock heavy guitars on a number of tracks. Opening song ‘Freeway’ is about the unashamed love of driving on a 12 lane freeway and the spirit of the road – a reminiscence from Trevor Horn about driving beyond the Hollywood sign and seeing Los Angeles stretched out before him. ‘Your Life’ (“How many nights have you woken with tears in your eyes?”) is a wonderful example of Producers’ lush production contrasting with the raw emotionalism of its lyrics and subject matter. ‘Man On The Moon’ has an almost ambient intro with its experimental textures. A lovely ballad, it’s a guilty pleasure without the guilt, with production that is effortless in its immaculacy. ‘Every Single Night In Jamaica’ is gently thunderous, with symphonic touches and rhythmic shifts. An album highpoint ‘Garden Of Flowers’ has a lightness of touch that only comes from consummate studio technocrats and virtuoso musicians like these. The album draws to a close with ‘Watching You Out There’, like a poppy Yes or a rocky Buggles. It’s evident on Made In Basing Street, each individual member has relished the opportunity to perform as an artist and enjoy the spontaneous art of songwriting. Hints of their shared production talents can be heard across a record which has been five years in the making, with the producer’s perennial dilemma ‘is this finished’ for once shared by all.