Saturday, September 25, 2010

Stateless - Matilda (2011) (1.0)

Stateless return with the first single from their forthcoming album “Matilda” (their first for Ninja Tune). Working with producer Damian Taylor (Bjork, The Prodigy), Stateless have taken a more electronic line for the new album and it shows on opener “Ariel.”

While the quality of songwriting remains intact and Chris James’ voice has never sounded better, “Ariel” finds him laying out the melody over West African guitar lines, crunching snare snaps and thunderous kicks, dubstep sub-bass splatters and glitchtronic interference. It’s an utterly compelling combination, classic songwriting rendered completely new.

The feel of a new direction is reinforced by a fantastic remix. Rustie gives the original an even more glistening electronic feel and a certain aqua-crunk magnificence.

With “Matilda” due for release in February, “Ariel” shows a group willing to push at the boundaries and reap the rewards of their bravery. Fasten your seatbelts…

1st single "Ariel" is released on November 22nd, and then this new lp "Matilda" drops in February.

good to finally see, lol. The bloody thing was listed as "being mixed" for like a year. Now will they manage to tour the States for this one? I'd love to see it, but am rather skeptical unless this "Ninja Tune" label has better connections than they've had in the past. Then again, 89.3 and I think Radio K even played stuff off their debut lp, so who knows.

2011 and even just the 1ST QUARTER keeps looking better and better ON PAPER at least.