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sweaty-disco-balls---big.jpgLabel: Thoughtless MusicScore: 8/10

Stone Owl are Detroit duo Jake Greba and Eric Novak, renowned for their sumptuous missions on labels including Trapez, MBF, Affin and Thoughtless Music. Their sound goes beyond minimal cliches to land in the unique-to-Detroit world of infinite space and haunted eeriness, like they’re creating sound paintings of their beleaguered home city’s unearthly ruins.

The title track is deep and dreamy, peppered with Motor City funk, shimmering keyboard globules and melodic ghosts. Three remixes sympathetically build on the basic skeleton; Toronto producer Murr’s Farming Dub is dark and aurally distended, a template further built on by the booming metronome of Keith Kemp’s gripping Zoner Mix, recalling Robert Hood’s excursions into this area. Detroit’s Ataxia piles in with claps, prowling synth clouds and cavernous ambience with extra dialogue and bombed-out skyline shards.

The pair’s starkly expansive ‘CBD’ and hallucino-rubble shuffle ‘Seven Sisters’ complete a monolithic package for Detroit devotees.

Words: Kris Needs

                                   

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Grahame Farmer’s love affair with electronic music goes back to the mid-90s when he first began to venture into the UK’s beloved rave culture, finding himself interlaced with some of the country’s most seminal club spaces. A trip to dance music’s anointed holy ground of Ibiza in 1997 then cemented his sense of purpose and laid the foundations for what was to come over the next few decades of his marriage to the music industry.

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