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Looping State Of Mind

The Field

Looping State Of Mind

Third full-length release from Swedish ambient techno specialist Axel Willner

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7.4

Label
Kompakt
UK Release date
10/10/2011
US Release date
25/10/2011
  1. 9.1 |   A.V. Club

    These seven tracks meld fluttering basslines and live drums with vestigial high-hat hiss and sampled vocals over the course of their mutative, meditative journeys
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  2. 9.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    What Looping State of Mind has proved is that Axel Willner has a creative touch like few others within his reluctant circle. Whilst this may just be the first true step into a whole new world, it is one taken with magnificent aplomb
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  3. 9.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    A composition of effortlessly gorgeous, technically fantastic, genuinely awe-inspiring music
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  4. 9.0 |   PopMatters

    It’s the album that vaults him from burgeoning, brilliant protégé to titan in one fell swoop, and it hints at even greater things to come as he continues down the path of total artistic realization
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  5. 8.5 |   Beats Per Minute

    He has never sounded more confident and purposeful, building layered and incredibly rich compositions out of his blissful loops that more than justify the length they inhabit
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  6. 8.5 |   Pitchfork

    Listen more deeply, [you] might just hear Willner’s masterpiece-to-date
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  7. 8.0 |   No Ripcord

    Each track is a fascinating experiment in sound, and this is perhaps his strongest record yet
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  8. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Magnificent. Print edition only

  9. 8.0 |   Spin

    Even more immersive than the stuttering microhouse rhythms on which he built his reputation originally
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  10. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    Gradually, in each two-year interval, The Field has been able to add that extra zing to each release and grow what is an increasingly renowned identity
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  11. 8.0 |   NME

    The very definition of forward-minded music in 2011
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  12. 8.0 |   The Fly

    Skyscraping and shoegazing all at once, this is comfortably one of 2011’s finest electronic offerings
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  13. 8.0 |   Q

    Boundless and ecstatic, this is house music at its very best. Print edition only

  14. 8.0 |   Blurt

    A beautiful collision of the senses that allows the listener to get lost in its grooves without growing bored, exhibiting an enraptured sense of musicianship within the realms of dance music not heard since the heyday of Trüby Trio
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  15. 7.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    At the top of his game
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  16. 7.0 |   The Digital Fix

    The Field (long fleshed out from one man to three) reward full attention with nuance, gradual layering of sound, and possibly a twist in the tale as a track draws to a close
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  17. 7.0 |   BBC

    Though it remains music to which one can dance, it’s a far less celebratory, far more cerebral sound
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  18. 7.0 |   Consequence Of Sound

    Carefully thought out, beautiful in its lofty ambitions, and a refreshing return without any unnecessary sheen and gloss – minimalism that moves
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  19. 6.0 |   Under The Radar

    A return to The Field’s roots—and in many ways, that shift is enough to make it a step up from Willner’s last effort
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  20. 6.0 |   Mojo

    The warm glow that they engender is palpable. Print edition only

  21. 3.3 |   Pretty Much Amazing

    Feels out of touch; like an obscure western film in the middle of the day, the sounds and techniques used on the album seem a little outdated, and as a result, fail to hold your attention
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  22. 3.0 |   Bowlegs

    House-influenced noodling that wilfully sidesteps musical development
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