News from Nowhere by Darkstar on Apple Music

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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.

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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About Darkstar

London, England-based garage/dubstep duo-turned-electronic pop group 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, including The Guardian. After vocalist James Buttery was added to the lineup, Darkstar completed their debut album, North (Hyperdub), and released it in October 2010 with a mellow cover of the Human League's 1982 B-side "You Remind Me of Gold" issued as a single. The trio returned in November 2012 with "Timeaway" and followed up with the song's parent album, the lighter and brighter News from Nowhere (Warp), in February 2013. Following this album, Buttery left the group, and Darkstar once again became a duo with Walley handling vocals. In 2015, they released Kirklees Arcadia, a mixtape of new material, collaborations, and remixes. This preceded Darkstar's third full-length album, Foam Island, a collage-like effort that combined beat-driven vocal tracks with more experimental interludes and snippets of interviews with young adults living in Huddersfield, England. ~ Andy Kellman

  • ORIGIN
    London, England
  • FORMED
    2006

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