Matthew Dear - Black City (3 stars)

Matthew Dear - Black City

A bewitching fourth album from the Texan DJ

Ooh 2010, you are spoiling us with your variegated, melodic electro. First came Four Tet’s There Is Love in You, then Caribou’s Swim, and now Black City – the bewitching fourth album from Texan DJ and techno-pop lord Matthew Dear (you may also know him as Audion, False, Jabberjaw or the co-boss of imprint Ghostly International).

If unlikely references reveal themselves via the ace, disorientating ‘Slowdance’ (The Bloodhound Gang) and the slacker alt-pop of ‘Shortwave’ (Beck / Micah P Hinson), they’re outshone by Dear’s penetration of art-rock, electronica, and cosmic disco: the album’s epic ‘Little People’ is a delirious case in point.

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