Typical: you wait six years to put out an album, then Boards of Canada (to whom your debut, The Idiots Are Winning, was compared favourably ) overshadow it. Label boss, DJ, remixer and builder of "hybrid analogue-digital machines" James Holden has never actually sounded like BOC, but this time around he shares their penchant for analogue gear and mantric, pagan repetition. At its finest – on the six-plus minute Gone Feral, say – this is unsteadily arpeggiating not-quite-club music, a bit Four Tet, a bit Steve Reich, and even a bit Heath Robinson.
Holden: The Inheritors – review
Kitty Empire is the Observer's pop critic. She has written for NME and occasionally crops up on Radio 4, 5Live, BBC 6Music, and has appeared on BBC2's The Culture Show and Newsnight Review. @kittyempire666