After their mysterious little deviation last year, the hotly tipped Acteurs return to London's Public Information with another sublime amalgamation of minimalist industrial music in what feels like a cross between an EP and a mini LP, where each track fits in perfectly next to its counterpart. "Pride Of Classes" opens things up with a moody arrangement of harmonics and an even moodier male voice, and "Ewe" continues this desolate conversation amid what sound like the peak of the Blitzkrieg. "Honey Bear" goes down a post-punk path thanks to its repetitive and minimalistic synth lead, whereas "River Card" is another piece of experimental, neo-technoid poetry; "I W I" continues this tradition with an even nuttier collection of sonics at the helm.
All You Could Do (feat Elizabeth Bernholz) - (4:16) 163 BPM
Initiate - (7:38)
Lights - (4:14)
Phosphorus - (5:56)
A Matter Of Time (feat Elizabeth Bernholz) - (7:06)
Sheya - (5:35) 140 BPM
Hush - (4:21)
Unknown - (7:58)
Alex Banks has endured something of a stop-start career, first hitting record shelves in 2007 under the Munk 777 alias before finally returning - largely as a renowned DJ and remixer - a couple of years back. Here the Brighton producer finally fulfils his early promise with an excellent debut album for Modeselektor's Monkeytown Records. Illuminate sits somewhere between grandiose post-dubstep, sinewy string-laden deep house, jazz-flecked techno, murky glitch-hop and folksy electronica, with grandiose dancefloor moments (the gloriously rushing "Inititate") nestling side by side with woozier, more introspective pieces (the Bonobo-goes-electronic jazz of "Lights"). Immaculately produced and impressively atmospheric throughout, it's the sort of debut album that should propel Banks towards the upper echelons of electronic music.