12 Songs, 39 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Toronto producer Ryan Hemsworth spent the first few years of his career flirting with all different kinds of electronic music: Twinkly, high-key compositions that hint at pop and skittering deconstructions of bass music and hip-hop are all over 2014’s Alone for the First Time and 2013’s Still Awake EP. On Elsewhere, his fourth album and first full-length in four years, this all comes together into one cohesive statement. It’s also a helluva lot deeper-sounding than he’s ever gone before—which is apparent from the first note of the Marco McKinnis-featuring “This Feeling,” a chugging, soulful house tune, and carries on through the OVO-style production of “One of One” and “For U” and the playful Caribbean vibes of “Special Girl” and “Four Seasons.” It’s no accident that there’s a track here called “Sade”—these slick R&B jams and low-slung dance grooves prove Hemsworth is quite the smooth operator after all.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Toronto producer Ryan Hemsworth spent the first few years of his career flirting with all different kinds of electronic music: Twinkly, high-key compositions that hint at pop and skittering deconstructions of bass music and hip-hop are all over 2014’s Alone for the First Time and 2013’s Still Awake EP. On Elsewhere, his fourth album and first full-length in four years, this all comes together into one cohesive statement. It’s also a helluva lot deeper-sounding than he’s ever gone before—which is apparent from the first note of the Marco McKinnis-featuring “This Feeling,” a chugging, soulful house tune, and carries on through the OVO-style production of “One of One” and “For U” and the playful Caribbean vibes of “Special Girl” and “Four Seasons.” It’s no accident that there’s a track here called “Sade”—these slick R&B jams and low-slung dance grooves prove Hemsworth is quite the smooth operator after all.

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