James Holden - The Inheritors
Critic Score
Based on 16 reviews
2013 Ratings: #41 / 953
Year End Rank: #44
User Score
Based on 58 ratings
2013 Ratings: #124
June 17, 2013 / Release Date
LP / Format
Border Community / Label
Minimal, Electronic / 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.

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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