James Holden - The Inheritors
Critic Score
Based on 18 reviews
2013 Ratings: #45 / 1061
Year End Rank: #44
User Score
Based on 80 ratings
2013 Ratings: #141
Liked by 1 person
June 17, 2013 / Release Date
LP / Format
Border Community / Label
IDM / Genres
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Resident Advisor

Forged from single takes on his modular synth with no overdubs, The Inheritors has the blurry, delirious effect of an eighty-minute heatstroke.

The 405

The Inheritors builds on his remarkable debut - it's even more ambitious in scope, grabbing the listener by the throat and refusing to let go; a 75-minute epic that works incredibly well as an album.

The Line of Best Fit

The deception, though, lies not in juxtaposition, but in slight-of-hand – the slow build of Holden’s production is at times so subtle that he can bend reality to his will.


After dozens of listens, The Inheritors still feels like it could fall off the rails at any moment, that its wires could trip and the whole album devolve into a mess of feedback that will have you racing to unplug your speakers.


The Inheritors is a rich and vivid work that is as mysterious as it is compelling.

Drowned in Sound

It is beautiful, ethereal and organic, breathing with life and is as far removed from the clean overly produced dance music which he holds in such distain. 

FACT Magazine

As tempting as it is to pooh-pooh Holden’s overblown ambitions, in The Inheritors he really has created an album of striking originality, and one whose more excessive aspects feel largely justified.

Consequence of Sound

The Inheritors jumps and squeals and writhes and blossoms. It’s music that you can’t help but hear as if you were a kid again.


What you’re left with is a record just like James Holden’s machines – a glorious mix of the human and machine where you don’t know what you’re going to get until it happens.

The first 4 tracks were great but after that the album starts to lose my focus and attention and it just isn't as textured and details as it was in the beginning expect for a few highlights. Still a nice little IDM record but it could of been a lot more for me.

Track Review

Rannoch Dawn 8/10
||: A Circle Inside a Circle Inside :|| 8.5/10
Renata 8.5/10
The Caterpillar's Intervention 8/10
Sky Burial 7/10
The Illuminations 7/10
Inter-city 125 6.5/10
Delabole 7/10
Seven Stars 6.5/10
Gone Feral ... read more
An assortment of wackiness with no real strengths in mind. Nothing is inherently awful, but nothing was able to connect for me.
There's a great sense of confinement when listening to The Inheritors, it genuinely is just you and the music, and the shifts in style and focus don't allow you to take away your attention even for a minute.

'Rannoch Dawn' is spot on, as far as opening up the album goes, the synths and light guitar casts light onto the soundscape, much like the song title would suggest. At the same time though it's harsh and jaggedy, warning signs that the album ahead is not just pretty noises. It becomes ... read more
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Track List

  1. Rannoch Dawn
  2. ||: A Circle Inside a Circle Inside :||
  3. Renata
  4. The Caterpillar's Intervention
  5. Sky Burial
  6. The Illuminations
  7. Inter-city 125
  8. Delabole
  9. Seven Stars
  10. Gone Feral
  11. The Inheritors
  12. Circle of Fifths
  13. Some Respite
  14. Blackpool Late Eighties
  15. Self-playing Schmaltz
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Added on: June 16, 2013