January 18, 2013
FaltyDL - 'Hardcourage'
A fresh sonic direction and a beautiful-sounding record
8 / 10
After scoring years of adoration from UK electronica’s most informed and fashionable corners for his roughly shaped reflections on dance music past, New York’s FaltyDL joins the Ninja Tune ranks with this, his third album. Renowned for skilfully interweaving dance music influences from both sides of the Atlantic, ‘Hardcourage’ steps on from the broken UK garage rhythms that typify much of FaltyDL’s earlier work and into the sort of soulful, pleasurable house grooves occupied by the likes of Four Tet and Jamie xx. ‘She Sleeps’, with vocals from Friendly Fires’ Ed Macfarlane, and the Floating Points-alike ‘Straight & Arrow’ best exemplify the New Yorker’s fresh sonic direction on this beautiful-sounding record.
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