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When I picked this CD from my review pile I thought it was by a duet by the names of Millie and Andrea. Little did I know that the moniker actually represents the collaboration of two titans of experimental electronics, Andy Stott and Demdike Stare’s Miles Whittaker. Cool, huh? Apparently they’ve not been heard from in four years and this is their first full-length album so you can’t get too mad that they’ve evaded my radar until now.
It’s an arty but still party-ready aesthetic they’re peddling, a kind of brutalist techno, compressed and saturated and broken, full of mechanoid throbs, metallic dinks and muddied skitters. It’s quite accessible in its own way, full of kinetic beatwork and smooth little melodies, but its accessibility is always balanced by obtuse sonics and anarchic self-sabotaging textures. It makes me feel like I’m riding on an old wooden rollercoaster, the way the beats clack along in a thrilling ready-to-disintegrate rush.
It’s bumpy and danceable and yet restlessly hallucinatory, a fever-induced club nightmare. It’s quite energising but never cheesy.
9/10 Tony Customer review, 28th June 2014
I'm accused at work of only liking bleeps, bloops and bass. A reputation that isn't anywhere near the truth, but I can report that this album is full of excellent bleeps, bloops and bass.
Having only recently returned to the pleasure of buying and playing vinyl, this album was among my first purchases. I've bought quite a few Andy Stott tracks as downloads over the last few years and got listening to Demdike Stare after hearing the Golden Cabinet (http://www.goldencabinet.co.uk) guys over in Shipley shouting about them, so this album was a must-buy.
Starting with an almost tribal simplicity, the album takes a few twists and turns through dramatically differing rhythms but holds together as a complete album beautifully. My head's always struggled categorising electronic genres - things just fall in to areas I like and those I don't. This album most definitely falls in to the former with several tracks featuring bass that just has your chest pleading for more of the same.
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