Boomkat Product Review:
Andy Stott enters a compelling new phase of evolution on 'Passed Me By'. Besides marking his most substantial output since debut album 'Merciless', these seven tracks signify a renewed, yet introverted vitality to his sound, inverting the energy of his hardcore excursions into something more brooding and subtly visceral.
They're strident and sensual yet stoically retentive, folding in a wider palette of influences from Kassem Mosse to Arthur Russell, to Actress and James Ferraro, but ironically sounding more like himself than ever. Stepping into this abyssal sound on 'New Ground' we're dominated by bone crushing bass weight, pinned under relentless waves of subbass whilst shards of hypnagogic exhalations struggle for air in his autoerotic pressure system.
That slow, vice-turning intensity is breathlessly transferred to the aquatic jack of 'North To South', before the gasping Linndrum and boogie licks of 'Intermittent' offer some resolution. Their pent up tension is released in 'Dark Details' before the screwed zombie swagger of 'Execution' and that staggering title track slowly shut down your system with shark-eyed intent.
A modern classic, no less.