ROSS FROM FRIENDS
Family Portrait (Brainfeeder) DANCE
UK producer Felix Clary Weatherall’s stockin-trade is “lo-fi house” but his experimental brand of dance is much more expansive than that suggests. He favours a meticulous approach, layering sounds and textures, and several tracks on this debut album (‘Wear Me Down’ and ‘The Knife’) demonstrate his mastery of several strands of electronica. The aural equivalent of sandpaper? This 10th album from one of America’s most singular musicians fits the bill. It’s dark and depraved thanks to songs about murder and death and everything from Waits’s ferociously growled vocals to the raw, bluesy arrangements makes for an uncomfortable listen. But on his best albums, Waits is utterly compelling, and this is essential.