Zero 7’s debut album ‘Simple Things’ sold over a million copies and was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and the band as ‘Best Newcomer’ at the 2001 Brit Awards. Over the ensuing eight years, they released a further three albums, including Grammy Nominated The Garden, arguably their finest of the quartet, featuring Jose Gonzales alongside regular collaborator Sia and yielding the killer single ‘You’re My Flame’ . Inevitably, without a regular chart presence, they were quietly released into the wilds after the release of fourth album Yeah Ghost. While none of the subsequent albums matched the sales of their debut, the quality has never faltered (check ‘The Road’ on their last album Yeah Ghost for abundant evidence). Over the course of the last decade, they have concentrated on releasing a series of brilliant singles and EPs on their own Make Records imprint, among them the divine Balearic-house of ‘Don’t Call It Love’, José Gonzáles’ ‘Aurora’ and ‘Last Light’ or last year’s bewitching ‘Swimmers’, featuring Jem Cooke. Their current EP, a collaboration with singer Lou Stone, features the fuzzy Norman Whitfield-style psychedelia of lead track ’Shadows’ alongside the country-soul atmosphere of ‘Take My Hand’. Working in an industry that thrives on cheap thrills and expensive habits, sometimes it’s hard to cut through to the things that truly matter. But more than 20 years down the line, Zero 7 are still delivering the goods.