When Falty DL released ‘Love Is A Liability’, his 2009 debut LP on Planet Mu, it was notionally tied to dubstep, despite not having that obvious a connection to the sound at the time. A combination of irregular but still funky drums, deep bass, and light musical surfaces, it stood out and was recognised for it’s distinctiveness - this was a native New Yorker interpreting his love of British dance music from a unique angle. After spending 2010 honing his craft, working on singles for several labels, and remixes for the likes of The XX, Mount Kimbie and Anthony Shakir, Falty DL, born Drew Lustman, pulls his skills and experience together for this stunning new LP. Falty DL’s soundworld has evolved in giant steps on ‘You Stand Uncertain’; from the very beginning the listener is plunged into his new focus on layered dusty atmospheres. Opener ‘Gospel Of Opal’ is also his first work with a vocalist, in this case Anneka. Although at times it’s anchored in the familiar basslines and rhythm science of UK dance, as heard in his previous material, on this album it’s clear that Drew has also been soaking up some of his native city’s musical past such as disco, house and hip hop. With this in mind the album moves at different tempos - the ghosts of dance music past are evoked but never allowed to take over, giving the whole album a decayed, dreamy abstraction that allows for comparisons with the current crop of ‘chillwave’ producers, were it not for the tight drums and basslines. Check the way ‘The Pacifist’ passes between passages of melody and waves of synth over distorted breaks, or ‘Open Space’s use of slowed down rave euphoria and double speed 808 drums. The crisp 2-step of ‘Brazil’, the first of two songs featuring UK-based singer Lily MacKenzie, sweetens the atmosphere, followed by ‘Eight Eighteen Ten’, which builds watery melodies over chopped up breaks. The album gets slower still with the steamy, bittersweet melodies of ‘It’s All Good’, then the spaced-out title track ‘You Stand Uncertain’ marks a mid-point and a breathing space, before the album gears up with the ravey synths and jungle percussion of ‘Lucky Luciano’ (recalling ‘Pacific State’s ignition of rooms like The Hacienda and The Wag in the summer of ’89), the slow burning stripped down house of ‘Voyager’, and on into the duo of abstract 2-step tracks ‘Tell Them Stories’ and ‘Play With My Heart’, before the tempo drops for the fianl track ‘Waited Patiently’ (again featuring Lily MacKenzie), which combines chopped vocals with jazzy piano keys and a punchy technoid melody.
01. Gospel Of Opal (ft Anneka) 02. The Pacifist 03. Open Space 04. Brazil (ft Lily Mackenzie) 05. Eight Eighteen Ten 06. It's All Good 07. You Stand Uncertain 08. Lucky Luciano 09. Voyager 10. Tell Them Stories 11. Play With My Heart 12. Waited Patiently (ft Lily Mackenzie)
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