LEON VYNEHaLL

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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.

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