Nothing is still Ninjatune 8/10 A lavish electronica symphony rooted in family history
Already fêted internationally for his adventurous explorations of house music, young British DJ/producer Leon Vynehall takes a bold leap into cinematic, symphonic jazztronica on this ambitious debut. Nothing Is Still plots a loosely conceptual narrative inspired by Vynehall’s grandparents, who emigrated to New York in the 1960s. But no background context is required to enjoy the sublime pleasures of immersive ambient moodscapes like “From the Sea/ It Looms (Chapters I & II)” or the luxuriant, perfumed minimalism of “Ice Cream (Chapter VIII)”. Exceeding his early promise, Vynehall has produced a richly original debut to rank alongside his musical heroes, from Gavin Bryars to My Bloody Valentine to Aphex twin.