Luke Abbott - Holkham Drones
This year has been a pretty good one for British-born electronic artists, with Four Tet, Mount Kimbie and a whole host of others releasing stunning albums. So now's the turn of Norwich-based Luke Abbott to show us how adept he is with the beats and beeps. His debut album Holkham Drones comes courtesy of Border Community, the label run by James Holden and this gives you a bit of an idea of what to expect.
Hypnotic and dreamy are overused descriptors for plenty of different types of music, but they are most certainly applicable in Abbott's case. The sleep-walking opener '2nd 5th Heavy' creeps in with risings synths and reverberating beats till it leads straight into the brilliant 'Swansong', a hazy storm of thumps, clicks and pops. Rhythm is clearly important to the man, and on tracks like 'More Room' and the most excellent title track, he manages to meld his cyclical beat-style to almost shoegazing sounds.
He's clearly learned a few tricks from his label-boss Holden and the aforementioned Four Tet. Simple ascending and descending melodies are used in a way which is almost enchanting, yet encourages you to to move at the same time. 'Hello Tazelaar' is a brilliant example of this, sounding like a music box set to club beats. Luke Abbott has risen to the top of the electronica pile so to speak, and while he may not have the hype of some of his contemporaries, he can be safe in the knowledge that '... Drones' is up there with the best of the year.