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Luxury Problems

Andy Stott - Luxury Problems
Critic Score
Based on 14 reviews
2012 Ratings: #14 / 944
Year End Rank: #34
User Score
Based on 157 ratings
2012 Ratings: #21
October 29, 2012 / Release Date
LP / Format
Modern Love / Label
Dub Techno / Genres
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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.

Tiny Mix Tapes

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.

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.

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.

The openness of this album compared to the claustrophobia of his last two is a welcomed change. Instead of drowning, it's like coming up to the surface. Fantastic release.
1. Numb /10
2. Lost And Found /8
3. Sleepless /8
4. Hatch The Plan /9
5. Expecting /8
6. Luxury Probrems /10
7. Up The Box /8
8. Leaving /8
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