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2LP released: Jul 29, 2013

Tracklisting:
1. Mise En Place 1:37
2. Beach Mode (Keep It Simple)
3. Mr Cake 4:04
4. Practice Beats 0:47
5. Eternal Mode 4:46
6. Completion V.3 2:12
7. Manchego 3:39
8. Let A Smile Be (Y)our Umbrella 4:50
9. Lights Are Forever 4:25
10. Mega Church
11. Cryo 2:56
12. Backhand Winners 3:46
13. You Won't Find It Here 3:58
14. Zen Sizzle 4:06

Ikonika's full-length follow-up to her 2010 debut arrives not a moment too soon, showcasing a leap forward in terms of production technique and a shedding of many of the 8-bit tropes she's most commonly associated with, A hint of the direction she would take on Aerotropolis came on last year's synth-led house EP I Make Lists, and the Londoner has spoken recently of her pursuit of a more polished sound, graduating from the grimey imperatives of Fruity Loops to the slicker possibilities of Logic, Depending on your disposition, this is either a good or a bad thing: certainly the fanatically floaty Aerotropolis lacks some of the low-riding grit of its predecessor and its swooshing, hyper-synthetic ebullience misses the mark at times, But there's plenty to get your gnashers into all the same, be it the circuit-bent techno of 'Eternal Mode', the expansive Lone-ish boogie of 'Mr Cake' or the breezy, radio-friendly vocal house of 'Beach Mode (Keep It Simple)' (sung by Jessy Lanza), Whether the title of 'Manchego' is a reference to the cheesiness of its Megadrive melody we couldn't say, but we prefer the codeined-out, Rustie-esque build of 'Mega Church', The second half of the album boasts a more refined dancefloor minimalism, notably on the terrific darkside cruisers 'Cryo' and 'Zen Sizzle'.

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