8 Songs, 48 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

While many electronic music listeners in the U.K. were enthralled by dubstep and grime in the late ‘00s, that era also saw the rise of darker, less accessible sounds from a group of defiantly hermetic producers on small labels like Modern Love and Blackest Ever Black. These producers took the metronomic throb and dark minimalism of deep house pioneers like Frankie Knuckles and Virgo 4 as creative touchstones, deliberately eschewing dubstep's then-fashionable jungle-derived break beats. Manchester-based producer Andy Stott is among the most formidable and creative practitioners of this deeply introverted brand of U.K. techno. His 2011 release Passed Me By set the basic template: trudging tempos, cavernous dub-like ambiance, and house-derived beats, all enlisted in the service of creating an atmosphere of unremitting dread. On 2012’s Luxury Problems, Stott put another layer atop this already-compelling sound, inviting Alison Skidmore to add her spectral, unearthly vocals to his sparse, unnerving instrumentals. The result is positively mesmerizing, a haunting late-night listen that stands as one of Stott’s strongest albums.

EDITORS’ NOTES

While many electronic music listeners in the U.K. were enthralled by dubstep and grime in the late ‘00s, that era also saw the rise of darker, less accessible sounds from a group of defiantly hermetic producers on small labels like Modern Love and Blackest Ever Black. These producers took the metronomic throb and dark minimalism of deep house pioneers like Frankie Knuckles and Virgo 4 as creative touchstones, deliberately eschewing dubstep's then-fashionable jungle-derived break beats. Manchester-based producer Andy Stott is among the most formidable and creative practitioners of this deeply introverted brand of U.K. techno. His 2011 release Passed Me By set the basic template: trudging tempos, cavernous dub-like ambiance, and house-derived beats, all enlisted in the service of creating an atmosphere of unremitting dread. On 2012’s Luxury Problems, Stott put another layer atop this already-compelling sound, inviting Alison Skidmore to add her spectral, unearthly vocals to his sparse, unnerving instrumentals. The result is positively mesmerizing, a haunting late-night listen that stands as one of Stott’s strongest albums.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
72 Ratings

72 Ratings

Morphagen ,

Uhhhhhh. Wow.

It's the soundtrack to a Halloween party in a crack house.

Squarewave Monster ,

So Groovy

Dense, throbbing atmospheres to emerse yourself in. Not to too dark. Not too light. So heavy. Thank you Andy for the smooth tunes! Please keep them coming!

General Chupacabra ,

I like his previous 2 albums and like this new one even more.

I love the previous 2 albums, Passed Me By & We Stay Together, because when I blast them, my speakers sound as if they are homemade pieces of junk that are completely blown out. It's as if the speakers are buried under a pool of tar. This album is different. There is the obvious addition of the luxurious vocals, and there is a smoothness. Whatever. When I listened to the samples, I thought I might not like the album, but turns out I love it. There is nobody like Andy Stott.

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