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Ninja Tune

Released: 30.04.21







Leon Vynehall’s new album is rough and stark, often prioritising thunderstormy urban atmosphere above immediate dancefloor release, but it contains a highlight incredible enough to more than merit a listen.

An Exhale might be the most beautiful, incredible electronic composition I have ever heard in my life. A shuddering, filtering garage beat forms the song’s backbone, and searing streaks of siren-like synth tear across the stereo field like meteors. Twice in a row the song builds and builds until the dance rhythm is totally overwhelmed by this blinding white light, an infinite column of tone-colour threatening to burst out of your headphones. It’s the sort of track that genuinely merits a description as pretentious as the one you’ve just read.



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