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Take It Away,
This review is from: Sbtrkt (Audio CD)
Though he has already turned out a number of singles and remixes - many of which were for some very high-profile acts - this record marks SBTRKT's first long-playing effort (under this name, anyway - Aaron Jerome is another story). So was it worth the wait?
The answer is an unreserved yes. Much as Caribou did last year with Swim, SBTRKT manages to perfectly pitch his electronic offerings between the cerebral and the visceral. The tracks herein are far from cookie-cutter pap with identikit beats, yet they do not suffer from the smugness that dance music can all-too-easily adopt when it tries to get smart.
Instead, SBTRKT keeps his eyes on the dancefloor and his ears on the beat. The rhythms - whether they be built on dubby throbs or crisp snares - are all direct, purposeful and aimed at the part of the brain that sets toes to tapping and buttocks to jiggling. Clever it may be, but this is party music first and foremost.
As well as his knack for satisfying and catchy rhythms, SBTRKT's choice of collaborators has also served him well. Sampha contributes some very agreeable vocals to a number of the tracks - complementing the music without dominating it - whilst Little Dragon's sassy turn on `Wildfire' is a definite album highlight.
All in all, this is an assured release that should secure itself a place in many Album Of The Year round-ups come December. For those who like their electronica to exercise brain and booty in equal measure, it is a must-buy record.
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Initial post: 27 Jun 2011 15:12:52 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jun 2011 15:39:55 BDT
Interesting. I'll be hitting the record company up for back payments, in that case, whilst I enjoy a pint with a man in a big mask.
In the real world, I got this pre-release from the Rough Trade Album Club, and I think it's bloody excellent. Welcome as you are to your contrary opinion, sometimes people just like stuff that you don't. You'll be happier when you come to terms with that.
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jun 2011 15:47:30 BDT
[Deleted by the author on 5 Aug 2012 11:46:48 BDT]
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jun 2011 15:57:54 BDT
Not sure what you're driving at, I'm afraid. I get a few albums pre-release through RTAC - one of the benefits of being a member. Most of the albums are good, and I review the ones that have had the most immediate impact on me. Such as this one.
Thank you for liking my glasses, by the way, but I'll be leaving them on lest I bump into things. My eyes aren't what they used to be.
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jun 2011 16:05:15 BDT
[Deleted by the author on 5 Aug 2012 11:46:56 BDT]
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jun 2011 16:11:56 BDT
I know, little man, I know. I was merely being antagonistic. Annoying, isn't it?
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jun 2011 16:30:15 BDT
[Deleted by the author on 5 Aug 2012 11:47:05 BDT]
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jun 2011 16:40:52 BDT
Oh, thank god for that. Trolling just exhausts me these days.
Good call on the Godspeed there - fine, fine music - and, seeing as you actually seem to know your stuff, I think I may well check out that Jamie Woon album.
You probably won't be the only person who dislikes this album, though. You weren't the first negative vote I picked up, anyway. At least you went to the effort to say why.
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jun 2011 16:45:32 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 9 Nov 2011 12:03:44 GMT
B. Janes says:
It's nothing like Jamie Woon's album. You are clearly an uneducated moron and your opinion is worthless.