8/10 Ant Staff review, 20 May 2011
I'm reviewing this from a promo CD copy. Man you gotta love the extent that labels go to these days to prevent piracy - our promo copy is apparently watermarked and traceable with a unique ID code and it has a funny warning sticker on it. It is necessary though because I may well be tempted to upload the upfront audio to the internet thus reducing our own potential sales which would threaten my job/therefore my family's financial security. Thank god these warnings and measures are in place, shit last time I got hold of a shotgun I lost three toes. Let's face it though, Ninja Tune have been around for a while and know the score with offering a high quality product (180g vinyl 12"s + download at super reasonable price-tags) vs someone just grabbing a torrent. And so this latest opus from longtime label stalwart is being presented in lush 2CD lavish book style package and 2LP + download. Honestly with so many artists being malleable towards certain trends, whether it be dubstep or hypnagogic pop or whatever, this chap since the early days has been evolving his own vision of electronic music and it just gets better every time. His sound designing skills are right up there as always (post Mike Dred/Peter Green - Virtual Farmer). Tobin is well under-rated in this field. I reckon he has proven time and time again that he has both skills and "tunes". Some complex stuff happening right here coupled with more innocent sorta eastern European processed folk elements and twisted string manipulations. Hats off.
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