Specifically, he’s made an album that combines drum and bass hyperactivity with classical strings. Yes, that sounds like the sort of worthy mash-up you might hear as part of a particularly earnest season of Barbican music programming, but it’s not simply an exercise in high-minded genre-bending. It sounds really good. ‘Mixed Signals’ matches Aphex Twin’s blaring, uptempo futurism with the proud, staccato perkiness of a classical string quartet, and it doesn’t miss a beat.
Opener ‘Theme Park’ is melodic, happy-clappy music for bouncing about to on a late-night high – something akin to an acid trip at a Kings Of Convenience gig. ‘Shut’ creates warm, lapping waves of childishly innocent electronica, while ‘Bloom’ takes things into darker territory – its D&B breaks sound less like the familiar ear explosions of a 160BPM soundsystem banger, and more like curious bugs scuttling deeper into the shadows.
‘Mixed Signals’ has sensitivity, virtuosity and a lot of Robinson’s scatterbrained charm. It’s the sound a well-adjusted kid, acting out in just the way he ought to.
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