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  • Mixmag Crew
  • 7 November 2017
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James Holden & The Animal Spirits 'The Animal Spirits' (Border Community)

By describing it as “synth-led folk-trance standards”, could James Holden’s new album be a mea culpa for his past – specifically the early 00s, when his ornate, prog-trance epics such as ‘One For You’ polarised dance music fans? Yet no amends are necessary: those cuts are intriguing documents of their time, and the music Holden has released since then has been consistently enthralling. With a new band alongside him, he fills ‘The Animal Spirits’ with haunting brain-melters that fuse modular synths, jazzy musicianship and trance-like rhythms. As the sax and cornet-embellished frenzy of ‘Pass Through The Fire’ shows, he can still get you twisted. S Worthy


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