Andy Stott - Luxury Problems
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2012 Ratings: #22 / 1047
Year End Rank: #27
User Score
Based on 246 ratings
2012 Ratings: #30
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CRITIC REVIEWS

90
Beats Per Minute

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.

90
Tiny Mix Tapes

A memorable, impermanent joy, it restores, rather than disturbs, the equilibrium — a feat of engineering in the service of artistry.

90
PopMatters

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.

87
Pitchfork

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.

80
Spin

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.

70
FACT Magazine

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.

70
Drowned in Sound

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.

WhatTheFunk
87
Sleepless

The other night, I was sitting at home with my nose in Danielewski's "House of Leaves" when I heard the smooth, crystalline voice of a robotic opera singer coming out of my answering machine. "Weird," I said to myself at that very moment. That old shit's been unplugged for ages. I went to the device in question, the "Touuuch... Touuuuch... Touuuuch..." the ghostly voice whispered languorously in my ear, becoming more persistent as my eardrum organ also ... read more
RakkSmells
84
Dancing in an abandoned hall, with only the sounds of your footsteps echoing through the spacious room. All you can hear however are some sort of desolate and ambient grooves pulsating through your mind. These grooves have engulfed you. Pan to a wide shot where you see nothing but your figure dancing in the dimly lit hall.

Where have you been the past few hours?

The day has a particularly somber mood to it, with clouds in the air and silence in the streets apart from the occasional ... read more
AndrewK
78
Seldom is music this bleak while maintaining its danceability (to an extent). It uses the same colours as noise music, but its brushes are softer and there's always the comfortable, familiar thump of techno in the background. But there's no shaking the desolation that Alison Skidmore's vocals bring to the mix. They are eerie by nature and become eerier through Stott's manipulation. There's beauty to it, but a lot more darkness.
LeftTwix
90
Swimming is a new hobby of mine, and throwing on some music really helps in getting me in the zone when doing some laps around the pool. Throwing on some waterproof earbuds, and then proceeding to take a nice dive into the water, and then beginning my hour long swimabout in the water. I've always found difficulty in finding stuff to play during my longer swims, especially when I'm just trying to chill and my shuffle play goes from Marvin Gaye to Linkin Park to Lorde to Slipknot to Fleet ... read more
MarkCooper
85
I first heard Andy Stott back when he released Faith in Strangers in 2014. For some reason I thought his music was a tad boring. Not sure why I was an idiot back then, but listening to it with ears 2 years older, this is anything but boring.

Favorite Tracks: Sleepless, Lost and Found, Numb
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Track List

  1. Numb 
  2. Lost and Found 
  3. Sleepless 
  4. Hatch the Plan 
  5. Expecting 
  6. Luxury Problems 
  7. Up the Box 
  8. Leaving
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Added on: October 15, 2012