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Editors’ Notes

Considering the creative strides Darkstar's co-founders (producers James Young and Aiden Whalley) made on their last LP—2010's North, which brought a full-time vocalist into the fold (James Buttery) and refused to replicate their breakthrough single, "Aidy's Girl is a Computer"—it shouldn’t be a surprise to hear yet another sonic shift on the trio's second album. And yet here we are, trying to make sense of News From Nowhere, a delicately weaved dream world that begins with a simple request ("wake me up") and ends with a seven-minute downward spiral of gently teased drone tones and vaporized vocals. Somewhere in between, Darkstar alludes to everything from the wild brushstrokes of Animal Collective's back catalog ("Amplified Ease," "You Don't Need a Weatherman") to the kind of shimmering slow-burners you want to hear as you slowly lose consciousness (" -," "Bed Music - North View"). It all ties together perfectly, however, which may explain why Warp asked listeners to "take your time, immerse yourself" while exploring an early stream of the record.

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Darkstar

Darkstar...always good. Currently rolling up a fatty and chilling to this work of art.

Beyond electronic

These guys are incredible. The soul and grooves of Portishead or Tricky + lush harmonies of The Beach Boys or The Beatles + the dark psychedelia of Pink Floyd or My Bloody Valentine all rolled into a modern electronic adventure.

Biography

Formed: England

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s, '10s

London, England-based garage/dubstep duo-turned-electronic pop trio Darkstar debuted in 2007, when producers James Young and Aiden Walley released the "Dead 2 Me" and "Lilyliver" singles, as well as a split 12" shared with Zomby. A handful of additional 12" releases followed in 2008 and 2009. The twitchy "Aidy's Girl Is a Computer" (Hyperdub) was the most significant one of the lot, backed by a remix from Detroiter Kyle Hall and placed in best-of-2009 features by a handful of high-profile publications,...
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