The record has an engrossing, alternately glassy and foggy tactility, as if you’re groping blindly through a dark, thick dream logic-riddled haze only to find something smooth and cool and comforting at its center to wrap your sweaty limbs around.
A memorable, impermanent joy, it restores, rather than disturbs, the equilibrium — a feat of engineering in the service of artistry.
The inherent darkness of Stott’s carious and degraded mixes, souped up in reverberating drone and pointillized by granular detail, is here juxtaposed against the often sweet, sometimes harrowing voice of his one-time mentor.
Luxury Problems is more internally focused, an evocative and immersive soundtrack for a sustained look within. It's the headphones album of the year from a producer with a long history who has come into his own.
As the overwhelming bulk of Luxury Problems demonstrates, the producer might’ve learned how to marshal all the dark, weird stuff boiling inside him, but he’s not about to relinquish it any time soon.
It is certainly a gorgeous production, and tracks will possibly come across differently in a mix, even if it is not quite what many will have been expecting.
As it is Luxury Problems is a shift in a new direction that’s not quite bold enough to make the jump in full, but still loaded with incredible ideas.
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|# 14 -||Pitchfork|
|# 28 -||PopMatters|
|# 5 -||The 405|
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|# 18 -||The Wire|
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