Go Beat/Tummy Touch - 2005 - 39 minutes

Touted by some as destined for greatness and already compared to Beck, at 23, Tom Vek has his work cut out for him. But the best bits on 'We Have Sound' say he could go the distance.

While the credentials for the cool police - multi-instrumentalist, recording in his garage, the wacky home-made stomp of 'If I Had Changed My Mind' - are all in place, so too is a gift for funk that transcends 'We Have Sound's more pretentious moments. In 'I Ain't Saying My Goodbyes', 'If You Want' and 'Nothing But Green Lights' Vek has a trio whose basslines would drag anyone onto a dancefloor.

Elsewhere, he gets a little too noodly for his own good, but the album's short enough for him not to outstay his welcome.

Harry Guerin

Tracklisting: C-C (You Set the Fire in Me) - I Ain't Saying My Goodbyes - If You Want - A Little Word in Your Ear - If I Had Changed My Mind - The Lower the Sun - Cover - Nothing But Green Lights - On the Road - That Can Be Arranged