Forest Swords – Compassion

Mathew Barnes, aka Forest Swords, returns with a more daring approach to his distinctive occult beats on Compassion, his second full length LP that marks a definitive shift from ‘bedroom producer’ to established musician. Cementing his name through recent collaborations with Massive Attack and a soundtrack to the recent Assassins Creed Rogue video game, Barnes still maintains the terrestrial and earthy textures that defined him on 2013’s Engravings.

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Plaid – The Digging Remedy

25 years down the line, Warp records veterans Plaid create intricate textures and fluid melodies on The Digging Remedy – undoubtedly one of my favourite albums of last year.