Reflection

Loraine James - Reflection
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2021 Ratings: #22 / 325
User Score
Based on 73 ratings
2021 Ratings: #298
Liked by 4 people
June 4, 2021 / Release Date
LP / Format
Hyperdub / Label
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CRITIC REVIEWS

100
PopMatters

North London producer Loraine James finds romance and hope on her extraordinary album, Reflection. It’s a work of seductive, heartfelt brilliance by an artist at the peak of her powers.

100
Mojo
An endlessly inventive album, it sets a noteworthy template for modern British electronic music. It’s a succession of counterpoints.
82
Beats Per Minute

On Reflection, we truly see the breadth of her resourcefulness as an artist: both as translator and purveyor of gut feeling. The elemental building blocks are all you need to shape something completely new.

80
Uncut
It’s an album that’s constantly shifting, almost restless at times, yet it also remains poised and coherent.
80
Crack Magazine

Reflection feels like a culmination of all these projects; it’s an open-hearted work by an artist that has undoubtedly levelled up.

80
FLOOD Magazine

By the end of Reflection, we’re thoroughly dazzled by an unapologetic and sometimes dizzying inner space—defined not only by infused electronic sounds, but also by James’ unwavering willingness to clash, jitter, and play—turning her impulses into music that catches you in its trance.

70
Loud and Quiet

While guilty of occasionally fading toward the background, the record rewards repeat listens. Its cohesiveness becomes unmistakably clear, and the subtle nuances of the production reminds us yet again that James is one of the more inventive producers in the UK right now.

70
AllMusic

Reflection doesn't quite have the shock of the new that For You and I did, but its best moments are still powerful, and it would be impossible to mistake the album for anyone else's perspective.

Orlkont
85
I was already vibing real good but then I just noticed that Baths is featured. I COMPLETELY LOST MY SHIT. I need new music from him right now that even a feature makes me so goddamn excited. He and Loraine did such a great job building a symbiotic relationship with both of their sounds.
TheCarioca
67
Built to Last (feat. Xzavier Stone) - 3/5
Let's Go - 3/5
Simple Stuff - 3/5
Black Ting (feat. Le3 bLACK) - 3/5
Insecure Behaviour and Fuckery (feat Nova) - 3/5
Self Doubt (Leaving the Club Early) - 4/5
On the Lake Outside (feat. Baths) - 3/5
Reflection - 3/5
Change - 3/5
Running Like That (feat. Eden Samara) - 4/5
We're Building Something New (feat. Iceboy Violet) - 5/5 ❤
R1v3r__
50
boring as hell
Quilaiba
64
Sounds cool but there's really not much to latch onto here. The most inventive sounding songs I've kinda heard before anyways with other recent electronic artists. The genre fusion is cool but only works effectively on sporadic occasions.
KTOM
45
I was anticipating this album immensely. Everything out of Hyperdub over the pandemic has been high quality, interesting and innovative. Loraine James was no different, her Darkstar - Wolf remix was one of my favorite tracks of the past 18 months.

However I dived into this LP on Fridays release date, thought maybe I was in the right mood for it and tried it twice over again yesterday. It was bleak, maybe a bit too rude to say but - effortless in some parts. I was excited to see Nova as a ... read more
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Track List

  1. Built to Last (feat. Xzavier Stone)
  2. Let's Go
  3. Simple Stuff
  4. Black Ting (feat. Le3 bLACK)
  5. Insecure Behaviour and Fuckery (feat Nova)
  6. Self Doubt (Leaving the Club Early)
  7. On the Lake Outside (feat. Baths)
  8. Reflection
  9. Change
  10. Running Like That (feat. Eden Samara)
  11. We're Building Something New (feat. Iceboy Violet)
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Added on: March 10, 2021