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When James Ford and Jas Shaw said that 2010 would be a year of no vocalists back in January, they meant it. Staying true to their resolution (even in Shaw’s production of Gold Panda’s lyric-free LP), the only temptation to which they’ve succumbed is of a culinary kind, with each track on ‘Delicacies’ dedicated to a foodstuff discovered during their world tour earlier this year. A concept in name only, ‘Delicacies’ is anything but. It’s dark and hard-edged; churning hefty slabs of low frequency techno to a merciless and unremitting BPM. An album made for the small, claustrophobic club backrooms, this is what 3am sounds like in the sick inch recesses of a serial killer’s mind. To those looking for a revival of the easy electro house bump of ‘Hustler’, ‘Delicacies’ is an engrossing on-disc return to the duo’s clean, clinical programming of their brutal live sets, and it’s fitting that for an album inspired by the exotic and indulgent, the end result is the real pièce de résistance.

By Reef Younis

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