9 Songs, 42 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Two years after Wonderland blew the witchy sound of their early years to smithereens, Demdike Stare return even more forcefully: Their mixture of grime, dancehall, techno, and ambient sounds like a rave tape that had been buried for 30 years, dug up, and set on fire. After a dramatic noise intro, “At It Again” barrels ahead with jungle breaks, dub sirens, and white-noise blasts reminiscent of Pan Sonic; “Spitting Brass” smears grease all over grime’s brittle palette before “Know Where to Start” tosses the gritty, lo-fi UK style into a blender, shards flying every which way. But redemption comes with closer “Dilation,” a mournful nod to New Order at their most desolate.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Two years after Wonderland blew the witchy sound of their early years to smithereens, Demdike Stare return even more forcefully: Their mixture of grime, dancehall, techno, and ambient sounds like a rave tape that had been buried for 30 years, dug up, and set on fire. After a dramatic noise intro, “At It Again” barrels ahead with jungle breaks, dub sirens, and white-noise blasts reminiscent of Pan Sonic; “Spitting Brass” smears grease all over grime’s brittle palette before “Know Where to Start” tosses the gritty, lo-fi UK style into a blender, shards flying every which way. But redemption comes with closer “Dilation,” a mournful nod to New Order at their most desolate.

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