Boomkat Product Review:
Teased out on its own from Amon Tobin's new full-length 'Foley Park', 'Bloodstone' is an undoubted and intriguing highlight that revels in its time away from the herd. Recorded alongside the Kronos Quartet in San Francisco, Tobin has made much of the field recording methods he's adopted in recent years - with 'Bloodstone' a ringing endorsement for his new work practice. Having collected raw material that ranged from drone fragments and plucked melodies, through to improvised strings and snatched street sounds, Tobin has gone on to assemble an aural jigsaw that has all the cohesion and grace of a conventionally arranged piece. Opening through jerky chords, 'Bloodstone' soon matures into a grand and theatrical piece of music that is classic Ninja Tune - as rolling breaks and cinematic atmospherics clash with the initially disjointed foreground. On the back 'Esther' is surf-music for the 21st Century, whilst 'Here Comes the Moon Man' is textbook Tobin - but in a good way. Stoned!