Most often, it’s debut albums that carry the same name as the artist. When it’s a later release, it’s about an artist capturing their essence. Such is the case with Funkstörung, whose self-titled fourth album sees the group focussing on their glitch-hop roots, doing what they do best. Why change a winning team, especially after ten years’ wait! Expect breakbeats, warped vocals and danceable allure throughout.
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Funkstorung have tried on many different electronic hats over the years, finding the time between their busy schedule of endless remixes to give IDM, breakbeats, electro-pop and acid house a whirl. Over twenty years, though, the production duo have only released four full lengths; this, the fourth, sums them up with erudite pop music stitched from a serene electronic pastiche of cosy beats, grandiose synthwork and melodramatically exhaled vocals. As ever, it’s more about showing love than showing off.
As a statement, what ‘Funkstorung’ says is interesting: it’s never been about Funkstorung. What you notice on this record are the features, with Jamie Lidell adding a treasure trove of sensuality to “So Simple” -- the duo merely add sparkle in the background with glitching effects and a cascading drumbeat. Funkstorung use interludes like “IATC” to get back their breath but ultimately focus on the singers they’ve brought in; Anothr goes over a firm beat which would feel razor-wire without the duo’s penchant for warmth and textural density, which is again shown off in the blissful, lethargic chords of “Chnnl” -- a tune that shows the duo’s ability to take alien ideas, like a vocoder-processed voice, and make them your friend.
This is a subtly felt and quietly delivered record, with the songs proper veering towards R&B if the genre was a glitching, pulsating IDM accident. Even in its grander moments, the features sound constrained, comforted in Funkstouring’s sound -- “Killers” is a perfect example, ascending its synths as Taprikk Sweezee shrugs off his lyrics. It’s the sound of an assured crew with friends who believe in them.
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