's fifth studio album finally arrives, a full seven years after its predecessor. Clusters of gloomy chords, dubby basslines, and ominous breakbeats scattered across the album suggest that they haven't lifted their musical mood. Martina Topley-Bird
's contributions scale the heights of astonishment Massive Attack has achieved with previous female collaborators. Set against a panoply of disjointed acidic bleeps and slippery electronic beats, it's taken into an entirely new emotional realm. The theme: sounds haunt to the point of terror. Some of the top tracks include "Pray For Rain," "Girl I Love You," and "Paradise Circus." All in all, a brilliant album.
Pantha Du Prince
Firmly rooted in classic techno and house music, yet also appealing to a much wider audience (as also evident by their move to Rough Trade
), Pantha Du Prince
's album Black Noise
is his stellar new release, elevating him to a status occupied by the likes of Ricardo Villalobos
, The Field
, and Isolee
. A delicately nuanced album with romantic compositions, and dark panoramic splendour, maintaining a sense of minimalism amidst its textural, hypnotic feel. Whether its tribal (primal and child-like) rhythms, and trance-not-trance psychedelia, Pantha Du Prince is amongst the new breed (spearheaded by artists like Animal Collective
) of highly accessible yet cerebral artists whose music flows from headphones like colors bleed from rainbows. Featuring Panda Bear
from Animal Collective and Tyler Pope
from LCD Soundsystem.