Mixing up dubstep and future garage, Dark Sky are a trio to be reckoned with, releasing 12" after 12", each impressing Modeselektor enough to enlist them first for 50 Weapons and now for their Monkeytown label. 'Imagin' is a more versatile work than the party-orientated output they've given us so far, bringing in a variety of other electronic genres to the fold. Recommended for fans of that heady electronic stuff: be it the master James Blake or Apparat.
Double LP £16.49 MTR048LP
2LP on Monkeytown.
CD £11.49 MTR048CD
CD on Monkeytown.
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Monkeytown is Modeselektorcutor's label I believe. Those guys put out some sharp, zany party shit for Euro-gurners but this is a bit of a more downbeat 2am album from one of the mainstays of their various stables such as 50Weapons. I'm not sure if I'd ever buy anything like this but it works well like a cool wee hours mix-tape. Bit smooth, ethereal and trancey early on for me. I'm thinking I prefer French shizzle like College mesen. But then it goes and hots up and you can't ignore the production chops here. Oh no. Hey, this is more than OK for a drowsy pre-bedtime listen! I'm putting a gig on tomorrow and I'm trying not to be stressed about it so this eclectic mess is actually doing me quite nicely!
Oooooh what's in store for us Brian? Well, there's some cool Harmonia/Roedelius/JM Jarre style shit going down on 'Voyages' which is quite boss. Shimmering ambient industrialisms of the most beautiful fashion grace the too-short 'Lucid', easily the track made for me. Thanks guys. Bit tight with the length but nice one all the same. The sensual Nicolette-style trip-hop organ stutter of 'Vivid' works too, becoming a low-down house/breaks burner that could slay a discerning dancefloor. This is excellent in parts. 'Nothing Changes' an un-cringy take on Lamb meets Burial. Then it goes frowning Ersatz Audio electro tripping into dodgy Euro-trance territory. Well, it is a German label innit. All over the fucking shop. A fun listen. Smooth but intriguing music for the stay-up all night crew for sure. I'm not staying up all night. Oh no.
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