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Darkstar’s ‘Aidy’s Girl Is A Computer’ (2009) was a forerunner of the soulful and tender post-dubstep that would see SBTRKT and Mount Kimbie achieve success. Darkstar took a sidewards step for debut album ‘North’, and continue on that path with second effort ‘News From Nowhere’. Like its predecessor, it takes its aesthetic from that scene, but is confident enough to go somewhere new with it. Parts of this could be the kind of bizarre, ethereal 80s synth records you’d hear on Stuart Maconie’s Freak Zone. First single ‘Timeaway’ has an on-trend xylophone riff and drum machine beats topped by choir-style vocals, while highlight ‘A Day’s Pay For A Day’s Work’ feels like classic songwriting, slightly warped. This album trades in bleakness, but there’s beauty in it.
File under If Radiohead did post-dubstep
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