Boomkat Product Review:
One of the most important, perfectly formed releases in Warp's vast catalogue, and arguably the most complete transmission from Drexciya's James Stinson (RIP).
One of James Stinson’s perfect storms bubbles up again on Warp after many years at the top of everyone’s wants list. Originally issued as the 3rd Drexciyan Storm in 2001 - one year before Stinson’s death due to heart complications, on 3rd September, 2002 - Lifestyles of the Laptop Café became an instant classic with Detroit house and techno lovers as well as for many listeners beyond that paradigm who were equally seduced by its sleek, louche arrangements and unforgettable tunes.
20 years later it still stands as a beautifully sore thumb in the Drexciyan catalogue; far more mellow, sublime than anything else produced during James Stinson’s too short tenure on this planet, framed by a neon glow which uniquely phosphoresces in the mind long after the needle hits the run-out. Nowadays it is justifiably elevated to the level of a peerless modern classic - a masterclass in sophisticated, futuristic electro-soul whose influence has only grown since its release, transcending time and space like few other records.