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Andy Stott, ‘Luxury Problems’

Whatever dark times lie ahead, the dance floors of Manchester, England, are prepared. Between the sublime subs and eerie specters of Holy Other’s stirring debut this year and these eight tracks from fellow Manchurian Andy Stott, the spirit of the town is alive and hiding in its darkest corners. Opener “Numb” finds the disembodied voice of Alison Skidmore cutting through the void like a flashlight. Skidmore is Stott’s former piano teacher, and her voice inhabits five songs as stray breaths, glowing whispers, and melodic brush strokes. “Hatch the Plan” takes its time emerging from a fog of field recordings, with Skidmore’s voice circling over its thudding pulse. Where she doesn’t appear — the heaving, mobius drum circle of “Sleepless,” the churning dirge of “Expecting” — Stott’s darkness shines. It’s an album full of these types of tensions, somewhere between dance music and death knell. And Stott doesn’t just produce these tracks, he haunts their halls. (Out Tuesday)


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