Thursday, September 25 2014
Andy Stott made his debut for the Modern Love label in 2005 with the ‘Replace EP’ – a 4 track exposition of his uniquely slanted production style taking in Chi-Town and Motor City influences with an obtuse genetic code at its core. In the years since he has released over a dozen EP’s and two albums under his own name, as well as several productions under the Andrea moniker for Modern Love’s ‘Daphne’ sublabel. Refusing to settle, his output has veered from deepest Techno to broken Garage, slowed down House and hyperactive Footwork – always referencing his unique stylistic signatures: deep, complex and oddly beautiful.
2011 saw the release of two EP’s ‘Passed Me By’ and ‘We Stay Together’ – companion pieces which saw a shift of sound into ever more frayed territory, slowing the tempos down for a set of tracks that grabbed the attention of many and ended up on countless year-end charts. The following year produced what is by now regarded as a landmark album ‘Luxury Problems’, – a record that introduced new elements; most notably the vocals of Alison Skidmore, Andy’s piano teacher from back in his school days. A combination of accessible yet inherently deviant tropes and a production style which has become more individual and identifiable with the passing of time and has attracted a huge amount of interest, with countless features in publications as diverse as Pitchfork, Vogue and the New York TImes, as well as appearances at numerous festivals and shows for the likes of SXSW, Unsound, Mutek, PItchfork MOMA events and so on continuing to expose his work to an ever-growing and often bewitched audience.