Ilar & Hedvall Melt
- Words: Brock Phillips
- Label: Narita
- XLR8R Rating: 7/10
Swedish producer Anders Ilar has been on a home run streak lately, what with this album, a top-shelf podcast for Resident Advisor, and a solo full-length entitled Sworn all under his belt in recent months. This particular collaboration with kindred spirit and fellow Swede Fredrik Hedvall explores the darker corners of the dancefloor. Minor chords and the disembodied blurts of a Speak & Spell set the mood on “Slip’ N Slide,” the disc’s second track. “Lava” is a vaporous take on the Basic Channel aesthetic, while the beats of “Fool” tumble out of the speakers in three-dimensional form. The pinnacle of the disc is “Avowal,” though–a nine-minute exercise fraught with tension and dark as bruise blood.
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