Creating his music with mathematical precision, Manchester-based artist Andy Stott gives us his first new music in three years, a double EP titled It Should Be Us. Following the release of 2016’s Too Many Voices album, it’s serving as a danceable stop-gap before another studio album, scheduled for 2020.
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It’s been a wee while since we last had a record from Andy Stott - 2016 in fact when he released his ‘Too Many Voices’ album.
Eight tracks in this day and age could easily be considered to be an album, but Modern Love has made a distinction that ‘It Should Be Us’ is a double EP - perhaps because this isn't intended to be consumed as an album front to back in the traditional sense (although it works that way), rather this is simply a collection of tunes intended for dancing. There’s plenty for DJs to deploy during the very small hours, from the opening elephant stomp of the deliriously sluggish first cut ‘Dismantle’ with longing vocal samples, substantial bass and immaculately stoned groove. ‘Collapse is something akin to RP Boo meets Burial while the title cut is perfect post-peak-time, impending sunrise house/techno. Not entirely sure what BPM these clock in at but certainly there’s plenty of space between the beats which Stott fills with smoked out, spectral sounds in a similar mode to previous double EPs ‘We Stay Together’ and ‘Passed Me By’.
The general vibe throughout is one of being tranquillized on a barely lit dancefloor at 4:30 am with knackered limbs wading through a flood of sticky molasses. These are moody tracks with that blurry feel that reflects that early morning raving state of mind - melancholy with little euphoric spikes such as the grin-inducing loop running through ‘0L9’ alongside its hallucinatory voices. The footwork inspired/compatible ‘Ballroom’ provides an energy shot before the superb serotonin depleted, rave damage of ‘Versi’ leaves us anticipating what will come from his album apparently on the horizon for 2020.
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