Electronic soul projections and credible pop twinge slickly to the left, with the return of Jessie Ware on ‘Problem (Solved)’ and the ever-productive relationship with Sampha bearing ‘Temporary View’, a stylish postdubstep nuzzling on headphones alongside ‘If It Happens’, a straight, stripped-down ballad.
Bolts from the blue are again plentiful: ‘Lantern’ with its stunted synth fireworks and (the Ezra Koenig-starring) ‘New Dorp, New York’ drop two spells of hipsterism. Reticent yet resplendent, SBTRKT is a master craftsman, humanising the digital and effortlessly shifting the shape of sounds.
Words: Matt Oliver
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