ALSO RIS­ING

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Among the early 2010s bass-heavy Bri­tish house mu­sic that brought the likes of Dis­clo­sure and Bi­cep to pop­u­lar­ity, Brighto­nian LEON VYNEHALL (right) was a club con­nois­seurs’ favourite. How­ever, as he puts it: “I would get ex­hausted do­ing the same thing. I don’t like to re­peat my­self.” Which is why from 2016 he took time away from the rave tread­mill to con­cep­tu­alise and con­struct a stun­ning de­but al­bum. Based on sto­ries from his grand­mother of his grand­par­ents’ steam ship em­i­gra­tion to New York in the 1960s, and full of live in­stru­ments, Noth­ing Is Still weaves to­gether wist­ful sup­per­club jazz, Philip Glass string quar­tets, Burial’s crackly games with sonic mem­ory, and – yes – oc­ca­sional up­wellings of house oomph, into a re­mark­able soundtrack to an imag­i­nary film. “But,” he says, “I have no idea how it turned into this!” It’s a tes­ta­ment to bal­anc­ing hap­pen­stance and am­bi­tion, and his re­cent live band shows sug­gest he’s still smartly walk­ing that line.

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