The UK's second bid for crossover LP of the year is an odder beast than its predecessor (Disclosure). No vocals or pop songwriting chops here. Instead, Avery is preoccupied with 303 and guitar pedals while demonstrating a brilliant sense of pacing. Opener Water Jump sounds like a thoroughly modern take on Voodoo Ray. Elsewhere, as on the title track, Avery's admiration for Paul Woolford's spiky Erotic Discourse is evident. Towards the record's conclusion, Avery let's more diverse influences seep in. New Energy (Live Through It) uses a motorik rhythm while Spring 27 forgoes drums entirely.
Top notch dj tool with a cheeky title. Nina at the Boiler Room may be a joke at the expense of Ms. Kraviz; the track contains a rave siren, ham-fisted 707 programming and a simple earworm synth lead. All that said, it's addictive. No Stopping is stately, propulsive dub house, while The Future in fact looks back to a well-trod Chicago past.