BENIN CITY

Last Night 6/10

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Gritty lament to Lon­don’s dis­ap­pear­ing club cul­ture

Fab­ric’s near-death ex­pe­ri­ence caught the head­lines, but the num­ber of night­clubs in Lon­don halved be­tween 2012-2017. Gen­tri­fi­ca­tion has been rav­en­ous, and this elec­tronic trio have wit­nessed that trans­for­ma­tion with a grow­ing sense of ex­as­per­a­tion. Their sec­ond LP lives in those nights out, but it’s no sac­cha­rine rec­ol­lec­tion. In these sto­ries of ex­hil­a­rat­ing es­capism, there are bad pills (“Long Way Home”) and job­sworth bounc­ers (“All Smoke no Fire”) all set to a grubby mu­si­cal back­drop that re­calls The Streets and Ghost­poet. Where once were “chat-up lines and stair­wells” (“Take Me There”), beige lux­ury apart­ments now stand.

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