Who is the best person at loops? It could be argued that The Field's Axel Willner is up there at the top end of the chart. Looping State Of Mind is his third album and one of his best. Again it is a series of sublime blissed-out techno tracks which circle round and round like a bird looking for its prey as you slowly wallow in his bathtub of luxurious sounds. This (currently) comes at a nice price so no excuses... buy now - ask questions later.
The Field's debut Here We Go Sublime was the kind of record that would be hard to improve on but Axel Willner tries his best anyway with Yesterday and Today - his second full length on Kompakt. It continues his forays into abstract but warmly inviting techno and shows him collaborating with Battles drummer John Stanier and 'covering' the Corgis Everybody's Got To Learn Sometime.
Kompakt bring us The Field’s The Follower on CD and 180 gram vinyl. This album is six tracks of luscious long-form techno made from his trademark dense loops and beautiful textures. With even more of a kosmische element, this release is the perfect melancholic headphone music to drift off with.
Hope is something we could do with in 2018. Axel Willner AKA The Field had been toying with various new ideas for his sixth full length album before realising perhaps that we could do with an album that is warm and comforting. Therefore 'Infinite Moment' is hued with a rich gauze of straight to the heart electronics to soothe your mind in troubled times.
There's absolutely no doubting that Axel Willner likes loops and is very good at making them. His debut as the Field Here We Go Sublime is one of the best dance albums of the last 20 years but fourth album Cupid's Head is no slouch either. It benefits from being recorded solo - just like his debut - and results in a kind of soft-hazed techno that goes wandering through the back roads of ambient heaven. Glorious stuff.
The very first album from The Field, Alex Willner’s minimal-techno-pop project, finds his sound fully developed. Endless repetitions of lush comfortable loops, with that ever-present 4/4 beat holding things together.