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Andy Stott's Luxury Problems

Hello! Yes, after just shy of a year, Clothes HQ is back. Honestly it’s a bit humbling to see such a loyal readership since the inception of this blog in 2009. I don’t know how often I will write or when something will get posted (I’m thinking something on a weekly basis) but rest assured that I’m back yet again for another round of posts on some high quality and truly excellent music. You guys like seeing it, I like writing about it, so here it goes.

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I’ll get right to it. This, ladies and gentlemen, is Andy Stott’s latest output dubbed Luxury Problems released on Modern Love out of Manchester, UK. I’ve been following this individual for a few years now and every release ends up pleasantly surprising me in one form or another. Andy Stott has a history of creating richly detailed yet mostly minimal dub techno oriented music – and with every release, the already seemingly subterranean lows seem to go even lower, completely dominating whatever system you’re using to listen to this wonderful treat of an album.

Having a length record as well as a bevy of other EPs and a few remixes already out in the wild, Stott is no stranger to music production. This individual made his debut with Merciless in 2006. Attention to this producer has been growing steadily with every release, and I think he has gotten quite a bit of that especially when you take into account The Massacre as well as Fear of Heights EPs both produced in 2007. Last year I spent some time writing about We Stay Together, a release so disturbingly deep that it must have been concocted out of this world.

 

 

The track “Numb” – a nearly seven minute parade – opens the album. This by itself holds “Luxury Problems” up incredibly well and can be used quite well as a measure to determine the quality of the production of the rest of the record. A whispering, angelic voice pierces the morbid depths of the rest of work weaving gently throughout the rest of the song. It really is exquisite and even delicate at some points – all making for a very fleshed out and explored piece of work.

Luxury Problems remains incredibly enjoyable without being overbearing. Delicate without being fluffy. Deep without being obnoxious. I’m particularly interested in the vocals – from what I’ve read elsewhere, the female singing throughout the album here is a former piano teacher of Mr Stott’s. It is clear that they worked really well together and definitely is something that I’d like to see again in future works. Really, the vocals add a refreshing if not mysterious layer to the music.

One can quite easily get lost in this sort of album and that is a quality that I really strive to look for when I listen to music. You know something is good if you are able and comfortable to keep coming back to it months and years after its release and this is the calibre that I think Andy Stott has set out for. Every single track has something excellent and truly inspirational to offer its listener. Definitely not a “drive-by album” by any means and I would encourage readers to keep an eye out for this guy.

Enjoy this release and read more about it at the following links.
Last.fm

Discogs

Modern Love

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Boomkat

Amazon

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