Boomkat Product Review:
R&S' legendary Apollo sublabel delivers a very special 12" by original rave spirit, James Leyland Kirby (The Caretaker, V/Vm, The Stranger). Consolidating a quarter century love affair with early Belgian Techno and New Beat which has deeply informed his oeuvre, it's safe to say that this 12" brings matters full circle. Together with close pal/mentor and V/Vm associate Acid Alan (who gets a shoutout on the runout groove), Kirby has long drawn much inspiration from the transcendent, subversive appeal of late '80s/early '90s rave and club culture which has been most strongly manifested in his ongoing 'Intrigue & Stuff' series. This EP presents four pieces with more directly 'electronic' production values, the woozy, unstable character of his best material more or less completely replaced by his own individual take on the Apollo/R&S pantheon. Between the elegiac arpeggios of the title track, the LFO-driven slow motion lurch of 'Last Ditch Legacy', and the techno-jazz delirium of 'Staring Down The Sun', this is probably the most sober encounter you'll have with Kirby for the foreseeable future, but for our money any encounter with James Leyland Kirby is one you should cherish.
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