Luxury Problems

October 29, 2012 | Format: MP3

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: October 29, 2012
  • Label: Modern Love
  • Copyright: 2012 Modern Love
  • Total Length: 48:46
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  • ASIN: B009YQT0PC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,736 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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Dark, sparse and beautiful.
D. A. German
I'll be enjoying this one for a while.
Trevorw24
The last 2 tracks strike on the spot!
Andrey

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth on November 10, 2012
Format: MP3 Music
I know very little about 'Dub Techno' so I'll keep this review rather short. If you like electronic music that feels unsettling and nefarious than you really should check out Luxury Problems. The atmosphere on this album is created by Alison Skidmore's sonorously looped vocals that are deftly shaped around a 4/4 pulse of cold hi hats and dark ruminative bass. It's a claustrophic experience to listen to this from start to finish, but a necessary one if you want to unlock the menacing power contained within these 50 minutes.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Trevorw24 on November 10, 2012
Format: MP3 Music
This album is masterful. It's the best in this realm that I've heard since "Replica" by OPN. I'll be enjoying this one for a while. Stott's work has only improved over time, and will only.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jvet88 on February 2, 2013
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I hesitate to cast such a pall over the golden child of the dub techno world of 2012, but I did not find this album as compelling as was suggested. To clarify, I am not a frequent dub techno listener, but after reading this was the "headphone album of the year", I picked this up when it dropped to $6, high hopes included. My electronic impulses typically lead me to the likes of Burial, Shlohmo, Nosaj Thing, Clams Casino, and the Tri Angle Records roster. This album was not as melodic or welcoming as the likes of them, but it may be for you. Stream it where you can, as the bookends (especially single "Numb") are friendlier than the middle passage.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Jennings on February 8, 2013
Format: Audio CD
A four part formula: High end headphones. A Dark room. A mind altering substance. This album. Bliss... Luxury Problems has a great sense of space and some juicy bass/beats to move you along through the droned out synth swirls. Drink up.
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Andy stott has changed the face of micro techno, glitch and dark sounds.burial scratches at the gates of hell,andy stott takes you in one side and out the other. I cant say enough about the micro techno coming out of england ! Also check outthe triangle label. For the more advanced listener all .
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By Sean Anders on April 27, 2014
Format: Audio CD
Cyberpunk Exotica. Walking down stone stairs, hear the beat reverberate through the walls. Dancers swaying to tracks like Sleepless and Luxury Problems in neon red and blue lights. Dark, brooding, menacing.
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Andy Stott's new album, Luxury Problems, is a mesmerizing descent into a cavernous world of throbbing beats, ambient tones, and gentle noise. There is a thick haze of reverb drenching the productions such that it sounds like you're standing at the far end of a cave listening to a demented house DJ play a series of bizarre, but awesome tracks. Some albums groove, some albums make you want to get up and dance, and some albums make you want to lay in a dark room and focus on every tiny sound. Luxury Problems is the latter type of album. Sure, it grooves, but it's most rewarding when listening intently with a good pair of headphones.

This is rare for a "house" album (and here, I'm using the term "house" more for its BPM range than for any stylistic affinities), but the ambience is far more important than the beats. Dub Techno would be a more appropriate label in terms of atmosphere, but the songs are too slow to be considered "techno," strictly speaking. These tracks contain some of the coolest textures that I've heard outside of a Lustmord album. It's like Basic Channel, Swayzak, and Lustmord got together to make the most subterranean house record of all time. It's beautiful, enveloping bliss.

That said, the music is not immediately catchy. The opening track takes minutes to build up, as do most of the tracks. Patience is required, but patiences is also rewarded. Where most beat-driven tracks build up into the good part (i.e., the groove) fairly quickly, Stott takes his time and presents the ambience and sound design as equally important.

The vocals are interesting, but again, Stott confounds expectations. If you've got vocals on a house track, they're usually either forgettable cliches (anything released by Hed Kandi) or brilliant centerpieces (Basement Jaxx).
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A lot of dark techno is either too hard, too mechanical or soulless. This is something really different. Luxury Problems builds upon and dramatically expands the foundations of earlier EPs where Stott dropped the tempo to critical acclaim. The BPMs here remain slow, there are loads of samples that make clear Stott's reference points fall closer to hip hop and funk than industrial or drone. Listen closely to the distorted vocal samples in "Sleepless" to hear what I mean. The comparisons to early Burial are not far off the mark. The tracks with the female vocals provide a truly beautiful contrast to the dark and drearier under current. If you want to know what is at the forefront of electronic dance music right now, it is this.
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