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Having honed his sound over nearly a dozen EPs, Bejamin Stefanski’s list of high-profile admirers now includes Annie Mac, Mary Ann Hobbs and Nick Grimshaw. The young Londoner’s debut album collates 13 productions that blur the boundaries between soul and electronica, with comparisons ranging from David Bowie and James Blake to Mount Kimbie’s more recent output. Led by his own love letter vocals, it’s hard not to view the lullaby-like single ‘Build Me Up’ as the clear pick. The previously released ‘One Track Mind’ and ‘Trust’ are less absorbing recalls, but on the whole, ‘Sleep Of Reason’ is a stirring and cerebral venture into avant-soul.
File under 2013's surprise crossover
Download 'Build Me Up', 'Known', 'Undertow'
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