ikonika

Dance music’s current retromania continues apace, the latest exhibit being Ikonika’s second LP which could, variously, have come out on Factory in 1983, Warp in 1991 or indeed any independent British dance label at any time between those two dates. While this doesn’t make for a bad record per se, the slavish devotion to all things ’80s – Italo-disco, Commodore 64 sound files, Planet Rock-style electro – makes for a queasy sense of displacement.

Then again, perhaps that’s the intent; after all, the album is named after the theoretical idea of a city within an airport, conjuring plenty ideas of impermanence and flux. However, there’s no harm in copying well, and ‘Aerotropolis’ does that expertly. ‘Let A Smile Be (Y)our Umbrella’’s five-minute long build of variations on a theme has a confident restraint, and ‘Cryo’’s pulsating four-to-the-floor is all brooding warehouse goodness.

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