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The Field – Yesterday and Today

Anti-/Kompact

With his 2007 album From Here We Go Sublime Stockholm’s Axel Willner — sole member of minimal electronic act The Field — found that rare segment of crossover success with listeners who typically shy away from any house music that isn’t Daft Punk or Justice. Willner’s slowly shifting soundscapes are by no means as accessible as either of the previously mentioned acts but they do share a strange sort of pop sensibility embedded within their unhurried ambience.

Yesterday and Today updates the ethereal sounds of Sublime with far less emphasis on vocal samples. In fact the only recognizable singing here appears on Willner’s update of The Korgis’ hit “Everybody’s Got to Learn Sometime” undoubtedly better known for Beck’s version from the Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind soundtrack. That said the album’s real standout is the title track a 10-minute team-up with Battles drummer John Stanier that starts with Neu!-inspired motortik and ends with a furious disco funk workout.

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