It doesn't take Uri Geller to work out that Not Not Fun's latest signing are pitching their music at the witching hour, and they've done a marvellous job of creating a hypnagogic sound world in which to exorcise their somnambulant demons. Wraith-like furls of melody prowl around barely audible murmurs of beats, capturing a sorrowful elegance that calls to mind Vangelis or even some of John Carpenter's more delicate moments. It seems inevitable that a project steeped in this kind of concept would come off feeling like a soundtrack, and true enough there's a neon-lit romanticism at work here which puts the likes of the Drive soundtrack to shame.
Patrick, Frank & Joe Are Chasing The White Rabbitoh - (4:04) 90 BPM
Names (reprise) - (4:09) 120 BPM
Lars "Anstam" Stoewe has long been part of Modeselektor's extended family of artists, releasing his first two albums on their 50 Weapons label. While those first two sets were characterized by a desire to blend punishing dancefloor rhytms with elements of IDM and dark ambience, Names - his third LP - is a largely more considered affair, with shards of light amongst the gathering gloom. Of course, he's not totally abandoned the skittering rhythms and maudlin basslines - see the sweeping chords and intense beats of "I Stopped Counting" and the rushing post-dubstep blast of "Fragments of the Good Old Days" - but these moments are countered by hazy songs and sweet soundscapes, with the superb "The Obvious & The Impeccable" standing out.