The Field, 'Looping State of Mind' (Kompakt)

Looping State of Mind
Critical Mass
Release Date: October 11, 2011
Label: Kompakt

by Brandon Soderberg

Sample-slicing producer Axel Wilner followed up the mini-Moroder intensity of 2007 debut From Here We Go Sublime with 2009's Yesterday & Today, a much-too-considered-for-the-dance-floor sea change that wasn't quite beautiful enough to stand on its own. His latest nods back to his earlier style ("It's Up There," "Arpeggiated Love"), but even when it does ease up and get all contemplative (the syrupy, modern-classical groove of "Then It's White," enigmatic album-ender "Sweet Slow Baby"), the results are even more immersive than the stuttering microhouse rhythms on which he built his reputation originally.

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