Originally Posted by Severian
Man, I was really excited about it, but it’s turned out to be kind of a letdown for me. Just not very compelling, in my opinion. Weird for Four Tet. It’s got a very traditional quality to it that is, frankly, not what I really want to hear... especially in techno. It feels like it could have been released in the ‘90s. It’s not *bad* but it just hasn’t grabbed me the way other albums have.
This year’s biggest jolts to the brain have been Jlin’s “Black Origami,” Actess’ “AZD,” and Visible Cloaks’ “Reassemblage,” Arca’s “Arca’s” and Mount Kimbie’s “Love What Survives.” All really goddamn great records that run the gamut from ambient to next-level footwork to more amorphous, innovative weirdness.
Also, not sure if it’s electronicy enough, but Fever Ray’s “Plunge” is goddamn amazing.
I wasn't a huge fan of the new Actress, I feel like it somehow didn't live up to the previous albums he released. I dunno, maybe it's just me.
And yeah, fair enough. I've always had a soft spot for Four Tet, even if his albums aren't the most revolutionary electronica out there. Sometimes I just like to listen to some well-produced music that I can tune out while doing other things.
Speaking of, I've been listening to Selected Ambient works on loop lately. That one was really something special. Apparently Aphex Twin had made thousands of tracks before that and the album was just a compilation of the best he had done until that point.