Word counts are constrictive at the best of times but you particularly feel the pinch when an album reduces you to superlative plaudits. This is one such occasion because the jagged binary brainchild of Ryan L. West, ‘Kid Velo’, is more than just an album; it’s an 8-bit distillation of reverence, ambition and panache. Sizzling with circuit-blowing intent, it’s executed with the confidence of any electro heavyweight that nods to the gargantuan sound of Boys Noize and Justice et al. But from the broken rhythms and syncopated glitch beats of opener ‘Vos’, the Daft Punk funk of ‘Eve’, Star Guitar clap of ‘I Left The Party’, and mega-drive of ‘Amiga’, it’s an album that leaves the name dropping to others, simply because it can. If Digitalism’s return has upped the summer anthem ante, they’ve found a Rival Console to be reckoned with.

By Reef Younis

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