Stream: Darkstar and Warp Records share new album ‘News from Nowhere’
UK trio Darkstar are set to release their new album, ‘News from Nowhere’, on the 8th of February via legendary indie electronic label Warp Records. The album has already been awarded the prestigious ‘Album of the Month’ at famed London record store Rough Trade East.
Darkstar first coalesced in the underground, electronic thrum of London’s nascent grime and dubstep sphere in the middle 2000’s, growing from attending the now-fabled early FWD club nights to releasing a pair of game-changing 12” singles on Kode 9’s fledgling Hyperdub label.
These were marked departures at the time, fusing unique sonic futurism with an avant-garde pop sensibility that immediately set the duo of Aiden Whalley and James Young apart from the glut of producers emerging at the time. What followed was a fitful and productive period culminating in a discarded album’s worth of tracks, the crucial introduction of vocalist James Buttery to the fold and, finally – the release of their debut full-length ‘North’, to wide acclaim.
After touring ‘North’ across the globe, Buttery, Young and Whalley decamped to a house in the countryside of West Yorkshire, secluding themselves from the distractions of London and writing as a trio for the first time. The songs that had been inspired by English prog-rock and obscure techno and created as loops based on the band’s affinity for hip-hop production (“literally everything from Lex Luger to Geoff Barrow”) grew into sublimely arranged works. In the end, the album arrived at an altogether singular existence, delving into the moments between moments and elevating them to epic, kaleidoscopic heights.
Stream the album below:
Darkstar’s ‘News from Nowhere’ is out 8th Feb on Warp Records