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Reviewed on 23rd September 2009.


Ambivalence Avenue

By Bibio

Released earlier in the summer and sitting in my 'inbox' for many a week, is this delicious album by Midlands electronica whiz Stephen Wilkinson.

A new signing to Warp, they must have been mightily pleased when this dropped on their desk, being both an exciting trip into a broken beat future whilst keeping one wonky eye on the folk singing 60's, and an album that sounds like it cost about 10p to record.

'Ambivalence Avenue' is found in the land of lo-fi folk electronica where the synths are wobbly and the voices wistful; there are touches of Badly Drawn Boy in perhaps some of the vocals and the occasional treated guitar, and hints of dubstep in the more uptempo songs. 'Fire Ant' and the title track are particularly strong, imagine if Aim, the Manchester beats merchant, had the Fifth Dimension rather that Fifty Cent on his ipod

Remarkably, it's his fourth full length LP, I guess I'll have to dip into the coffers.



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