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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.

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We Stay Together is Andy Stott’s latest exploration into dub techno released last month. It actually comes as a follow up to another work released earlier in the year entitled Passed By Me out on the same label from Boomkat.com dubbed Modern Love out of the UK.

Traditionally, Stott has explored the darker areas of dub techno with releases like the Fear of Heights EP and what not, however this piece of work contains much more than his previous adventures. In this, a richly dark and particularly seedy environment is used as a foundation for hard rolling bass moving with purpose.

This particular EP from Stott very rhythmic-centric; unlike a few previous works where you would hear this collage of hyper edited snares and manipulated beatwork (think on a scale of 2562‘s Aerial or maybe some of Martyn‘s stuff), this release opts to drive itself using warmer elements found within dub techno.

Opening with an almost deceptively calm introduction into the record is Submission which does not exactly sound like the rest of the songs that you’ll hear throughout the work, however perhaps strangely enough, it does somehow manage to fit into what morphs to an incredible collection of thick, bassy tracks that are drenched with powerfully unforgiving rhythms sculpted wonderfully with a wide ranging palette of sounds by its artist.

We Stay Together is a deeply brooding piece of work with concrete implementation of fresh ideas for dub/dub techno music. Give this a listen!

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Subsonic Park’s “Echoes From Inside” is an upbeat journey through tight, minimal techno coupled with deep house undertones. While the rhythms generally remain static, the synths used are incredibly organic-sounding and evolve over time similar to those heard in some psybient music. The album is rich in simple, club atmosphere, but also subtle changes making the album not only a great choice for background music, but even listening to leisurely on ones own time.

The tracks feature a sort of fluid consistency also. The synths mainly consist of a longer attack and cutoff to create this aqueous, yet club-worthy aural quality. The depth bass underneath the kicks is another factor which glues elements of a track together, in that with that underlying bass tone the tracks never feel empty, or too shallow.

The album as a whole could not flow any better either. Each track compliments another with similar sounds, but different in ideas. The tracks even seem like they could harmonize perfectly with another if they were played against one another.

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