‘Beams’ (Ghostly International)
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If Matthew Dear’s 2010 breakthrough ‘Black City’ represented a murky future metropolis, then ‘Beams’ shines like the bright beacon on top of its most decadent disco. Whilst possessing the rich production values Dear’s typically celebrated for, ‘Beams’ sees its creator grow with confidence, slipping into James Murphy’s grubby Converse with ease. Whether it’s his voice creaking and groaning like a horror film floorboard on ‘Overtime’, ‘Headcage’’s devilish funk that jerks like David Byrne snaking down a shadowy backstreet, or his poignant murmuring of “Always the silent one who sneaks up from behind…” this time, it seems Matthew Dear’s a real contender.