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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the Edinburgh grime producer features everyday sounds like conversations, police sirens, dial tones as well as influences from Japanese video game music.
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  1. Jun 11, 2018
    80
    Insula is a cerebral, introspective record offering an abrupt turn from pigeonholing that tags grime as street music, the melodic refrains often more baroque and fantastical than they are rough and hard-hitting.
  2. Jun 11, 2018
    80
    Every track on this album is densely constructed, colorful, and unpredictable, and while it may seem lighthearted at first, it manages to cover a wide range of emotions. One of the most inventive debut albums of 2018, for sure.
  3. Jun 11, 2018
    80
    Similar to The Highland Mob, it utilises a number of classic grime tropes--eski clicks (Kontinuance); 8-bit homages (Evil Spirits); Dizzee Rascal-sampling sino throwbacks (A Like Ye)--but repackages them in a way that brings introspection to the fore.
  4. Jun 19, 2018
    80
    The mix of familiar sounds and snippets of intimate conversation makes for dance music that can feel deeply affecting, even as its spastic rhythms keep the energy at a constant high.
  5. Q Magazine
    Jun 11, 2018
    80
    Rhythmically complex yet deftly controlled. [Jul 2018, p.116]
  6. Jun 11, 2018
    79
    Powers has forged a sound of his own, too: scattershot and emotional, attention deficient and frantically detailed. As its filigree twists expand into every available space, Insula suggests there are still acres left to explore in this increasingly virtual territory.
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