6 years is a long time to wait between albums. During that time, it's pretty much expected that styles and ideas will have changed somewhat but with 'Rising and Falling', Layo and Bushwacka! are in danger of completely alienating lovers of their brilliant 'Night Works'. That 2002 album was a masterpiece, blending house, techno, breaks, acoustics and jazz into sublime, beautiful yet always firmly danceable tracks. You won't find anything as timelessly classic as 'Love Story' or as soaringly epic as 'Let the Good Times Roll' on this album. Instead, we are 'treated' to deep, dark, yet ultimately boring techno that just doesn't seem to go anywhere. It's a million miles away from the upbeat 'Feels Closer', their last album (though I was not a fan of that).
Many of these tracks will work brilliantly on the dancefloor of a big soundsystem at 4am but for me, don't translate well to an album to be listened to on your MP3 player at any time, over and over. The production is great, as you'd expect of this duo but the soul, the melancholy, the dreaminess, the funk and the fun of 'Night Works' is sadly missing - there isn't one stand out track, they are far too similar for the most part. Maybe I shouldn't expect another 'Night Works' but I certainly expect something better than this. Biggest disappointment of 2012. I recommend Photek - 'Ku:Palm' instead.