CD The Vision [Joker (Dubstep)] (CD 15816417),
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The Vision [Joker (Dubstep)]

  • 1. Intro
    2. Slaughter House
    3. Tron
    4. Vision, The (Let Me Breathe)
    5. Milky Way
    6. Level 6 (Interlude)
    7. My Trance Girl
    8. Lost
    9. On My Mind
    10. Back in the Days
    11. Electric Sea
    12. Magic Causeway, The
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): CAD 3131CD

  • Credits

    Audio Mixer: Joker .
    After a dozen-plus 12" singles and EPs on revered underground dance labels like Tectonic and Hyperdub, and the Joker-centric Kapsize, Liam McLean lands on 4AD, where he seizes the full-length format. Prior to The Vision, McLean amassed a body of bloody-minded output that toggled between immense and ominous, from modern electronic funk ("Purple City," recorded with fellow Bristolian Ginz) to sparse and booming hip-hop ("Snake Eater"). His best moment was 2009's "Psychedelic Runway," a widescreen combination of prowling beats, lancing synthesizers, and numerous horror-theme elements seemingly constructed for the purpose of devouring any pop radio playlist. While it required only slight modifications to his approach -- brighter tones and simpler arrangements, allowing room for singers and MCs -- it's still surprising that much of The Vision sounds like an effort to assimilate into commercial airwaves. The best vocal track is pulled off brilliantly due to the soul-rooted Jessie Ware, who is commanding and skilled enough to navigate one of McLean's most vibrant and dynamic productions. Otherwise, the most effective tracks are the instrumentals: "Milky Way," "My Trance Girl," and the 2010 A-side "Tron." Each one carries swashbuckling synthesizer lines so heavy that they can be felt, through a decent sound system, in the chest. ~ Andy Kellman

  • Critic Reviews
    Spin (p.71) - "[He fares] better when lashing a live wire across vicious first single 'The Vision' and whetting the stabbing synths of 'Tron' and 'Slaughter House.'"
    Q (Magazine) (p.127) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Eighties synth sounds ebb and flow on 'Tron' before a saw-toothed bassline drops into the mix with a crash...Electrifying..."
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