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Organic, we’re told, is good for you. Maybe that’s why Nathan Fake’s music feels so nourishing. ‘Steam Days’ – a knowingly nostalgic title, you suspect – is his third album on James Holden’s Border Community, and his warmest and most approachable yet. Glitchy opener ‘Paean’ has echoes of Boards Of Canada in its childlike music box melody and sun-dappled keys. Next is ‘Iceni Strings’, led by a hissing Kraftwerkian rhythm, bubbling lava and slo-mo synth swells. On ‘Glow Hole’ Fake feeds a grimey rhythm through a busted modem and hooks it to a wonky breakbeat. It has echoes of Autechre, though the pioneering spirit of Aphex Twin also looms large. ‘Neketona’ is perhaps Fake’s most overtly dancefloor-leaning track yet, all Death Star alarms, steam-driven beats and wobbling, paranoid synths. He’s described ‘Steam Days’ as more of a trip than previous albums, and it’s certainly more nuanced and wide-ranging. It’s all the better for it.
File under Warm, warped techno
Download ‘Paean’, ‘Iceni Strings’, ‘Neketona’
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