The Artist/Album: Sandwell District, Feed Forward (Sandwell District, 2011)
The Reason(s) We Can’t Stop Listening: One of the year’s most immersive, infinitely rewarding underground dance records finally gets a proper digital release. (It was originally pressed as a limited double LP/Tumblr-inspired fanzine way back in January.) And just in time for the early sundowns and endless nights that go with the gloomy winter months ahead. In case you’re unfamiliar, Sandwell District is a Berlin label/elusive collective that excels at high-wire techno; propulsive club pieces that seem to levitate on the strength of their crackly loops and spastic samples. If someone suddenly named a monthly party after Cabaret Voltaire, this record could play on repeat throughout the first night and no one would notice. It’s that seamless and sure of itself in the angular and atmospheric aesthetics department.