BLUE STATES

Q (UK) - - Review | New Albums -

REST­LESS SPHERES MEM­PHIS IN­DUS­TRIES, OUT NOW Trip-hop re­vi­sion­ist re-emerges from deep sleep.

A nine-year break in any ca­reer sug­gests a cri­sis of con­fi­dence, though North Lon­don pro­ducer An­drew Dragazis has in­stead de­scribed his pro­tracted ab­sence since 2007’ s First Steps Into… as a “hi­ber­na­tion”. If the world around him has changed much since then, his richly lay­ered chill-out has un­der­gone a slower evo­lu­tion and would still form the perfect sound­track if he lapses back into a slum­ber. The folk-tinged Vi­sion Day and cin­e­matic D-Day, on which he forms an un­likely al­liance with pop-clas­si­cal vi­o­lin­ist Eos Coun­sell, again show Dragazis to be a skil­ful ma­nip­u­la­tor of moods. But for all the taste­fully un­der­stated har­monies and lush or­ches­tra­tion there are times his beats could use a shot of caf­feine.

RU­PERT HOWE

Lis­ten To: Alight Here | D-Day

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