Album review: Zomby, With Love (4AD)


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A 33-track double-album follow-up to Dedication, Zomby's 2011 breakthrough, With Love is aesthetically suspended between the indulgent and austere poles of the last two decades of electronic music, with the jittery programmed sequences, drum'n'bass stutters and breakbeats haunted by melancholy synth ambiences evocative of urban alienation.

Treated vocal fragments, marimba and gamelan loops, piano motifs and delay echo effects offer lean, foreground hooks over the skeletal rhythm structures, but it's always an after-hours, nocturnal experience .

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