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  • Summary: This is the first new release in nine years for the ambient jazz trumpeter.
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  1. Uncut
    Jun 5, 2018
    90
    Highlights--there are many. ... Masterful. [Jul 2018, p.28]
  2. Q Magazine
    Jun 5, 2018
    80
    Fans of Four Tet and Jon Hopkins are advised to check out this master at work. [Summer 2018, p.110]
  3. Mojo
    Jun 5, 2018
    80
    The most striking thing about Listening To Pictures is how effortlessly contemporary it sounds. [Jul 2018, p.94]
  4. 80
    Of course, it takes a certain degree of patience (or pretension) to unpick the record entirely, but once unravelled listeners are rewarded with a dystopian world best described as sci-fi sleaze.
  5. Jul 17, 2018
    80
    It is a music of sense and memory perceptions, a sonic projection equal to but different from the sources that inspired it. When all are assembled, they constitute a deep, mysterious, and occasionally disruptive journey into shade, texture, nuance, and seductive persuasion.
  6. Aug 7, 2018
    80
    The dance-inspired elements he throws in on Listening to Pictures don't suddenly mean his work's going to be on sale in the "electronic" racks of record stores. It's just another ingredient in a slow-simmering pot.
  7. Jun 8, 2018
    73
    It feels like he’s constantly remixing himself, taking apart ideas from as far back as his 1978 debut Earthquake Island and using new technology to augment and re-contextualize them for the present era. In a perfect Fourth World twist, the music remains entirely grounded in the now while also sounding like it’s been floating in the cosmos for eons.

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