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ANDY STOTT

Lux­ury Prob­lems Mod­ern Love If last year’s Passed Me By/We Stay To­gether was the sound of DJ/pro­ducer Andy Stott strid­ing away from the pack, Lux­ury Prob­lems is where he touches down in a whole new galaxy. There are few who can match Stott’s skills as a techno fu­tur­ist, and the new al­bum’s dark, hynotic drones and grooves al­low him to throw, fi­nesse and plas­ter sounds around with aban­don. Stott is a fan of heavy­weight tex­tures and pat­terns, load­ing Lux­ury Prob­lems with men­ac­ing thumps and thuds that rat­tle and hum with sav­age in­tent. Oc­ca­sion­ally you get ethe­real sighs and lines from his former pi­ano teacher Ali­son Skid­more ( Hatch the Plan, Numb ), but th­ese are drenched in me­chan­i­cal and in­dus­trial shades to cre­ate un­easy, noir-ish rhythms. As deep, dark mu­sic goes, Lux­ury Prob­lems is in a league of its own. mod­ern-love.co.uk

JIM CAR­ROLL

Down­load: Hatch the Plan, Numb, Ex­pect­ing

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