"Ikonika has always been a maverick talent and her music has always been fun - aside from a reputation for being one of the best DJs in the business, the prescient electronics of her 2010 debut "Contact, Want, Love, Have" were something of a prequel to what people started to call post-dubstep. Her citric synths, brash tone clashes and cluttered video game-inspired genre mangles came to her naturally, before legions of young producers got in on the act. The album opens with the gentle posi-drone of "Mise En Place" before breaking into Ikonika's first track to feature vocals, "Beach Mode (Keep It Simple)" featuring Jessy Lanza, whose joyous lyrics set the tone for the rest of the album. "Mr Cake", up next, is a bold electro-pop track with a gentle bounce. Ikonika talks about "letting the sound take flight", and the positively soaring melodies of "Eternal Mode" attest to that, roaring out over chiming italo-disco style arpeggios. "Completion" is about spacious ambience before "Manchego" breaks out into playful stop-start jacking house with a fat bass line. "Let A Smile Be (Y)our Umbrella" is a mix of warm tightly-balanced chords and minimal fingersnaps. "Mega Church"'s mood is reflected in its title; playing out on huge, reverbed claps and an ocean of rippling organ. "Cryo" is a dark flight with ominous chords and thunderclap snares, while "You Won't Find It Here" is a combination of cold bleeps and happy synths stabs. The album ends with "Zen Sizzle", a solemn and contained track, but with a goofy melody running through. These songs positively glisten and sparkle. This is an album with a big heart and a lot of confidence, creativity and joyful direction." (label info) also available on CD
soon in stock - please pre-order | UK| 2013| HYPERDUB | 19.90

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