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  • Mixmag Crew
  • 3 February 2017
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Vermont 'II' (Kompakt)

Sometimes, chillout music should be formulaic. Brian Eno’s idea of creating “audio wallpaper” isn’t to be sniffed at: wallpaper can be very, very beautiful and create a sense of luxury. But formulaic can mean bland, too, and Marcus Worgull of Innervisions and Danilo Plessow of Motor City Drum Ensemble’s second album as Vermont treads a fine line between the two. All the familiar reference points are here: Larry Heard basslines, post-’E2-E4’ guitars, Carl Craig-y singing synths, new age doodly synth lines. It drifts from merely being waftily pretty to really elegant to sublime and back with the greatest ease, which can be frustrating – but those sublime moments are enough to make you come back for more. Joe Muggs


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