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  • Summary: The sixth full-length studio release for the Belgian trio of David Dewaele, Stephen Dewaele and Stefaan Van Leuven was completed in just under two weeks.
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  1. Jun 26, 2018
    80
    This album was submitted to Radio 1 in lieu of a mix, and in many ways it works better when considered on those terms. Because lots of the tracks have a similar vibe they could blend in perfectly well with each other, and it’s a shame that they don’t overlap at any point as this could have improved the overall experience. However, the album is still immensely enjoyable and generously rewards repeat listens.
  2. Uncut
    Jun 26, 2018
    80
    Purring, pulsing and bathed in neon, this might actually be their essential release. [Aug 2018, p.35]
  3. Jul 12, 2018
    72
    Essential isn't as essential as its title suggests, but don't let that stop you from seeking it out. It has more of the loveable chaos that once made Soulwax among the most important acts in electronic music. This time it's more controlled.
  4. Jun 26, 2018
    70
    Essential is a strange, adventurous and ultimately enjoyable collection of half-finished, fully realized songs that could only have been crafted by artists as musically brazen and tenured as Soulwax.
  5. Q Magazine
    Jun 26, 2018
    60
    The whole exercise has an infectious exuberance, even if it isn't quite the must-have document its title suggests. [Summer 2018, p.114]
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