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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7/10 Robin Staff review, 30 June 2015
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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