colour
scheme
Browse
Vinyl
CDs
Original Vinyl
New Arrivals

Back In Stock
Features
Keith Mansfield

John Barry

KPM

Guru

Releases Of The Day

Genres
2014 RECORD STORE DAY

2Tone. Reggae. Ska.

Afro. Latin. Brazilian. World

Boogie. Disco. Electro

Broken Beat / New Jazz

Deepstep. D&B. Breaks

Electronica. Leftfield

Folk. Pop. Rock. Psyche.

Funk. Soul. Rhythm & Blues

Hip Hop. Beats

House. Techno

Japanese Imports

Jazz

Library. S/Trax. D/Tempo.

Rarities 12s

Rarities 7s

Rarities LPs

Re-Edits

Reissue 45s

Other Products
ALI AUGUR PRINTS

APPAREL/ BAGS / SLIPMATS

BLUES AND SOUL

BOOKS

DVDS

EDDIE OTCHERE PRINTS

JULES MANN SCREEN PRINTS

MAGS: VARIOUS

RECORD CLEANER

TEES

WAX POETICS/ SHOOK/ CHASER

Shopping
My Account

View Basket

Checkout

Advanced Search
Security Notice
Connect
If Music Radio Show

If Music on MySpace

Events Photos

If Music Twitter

Where We Are

Contact Us
Rss Feeds
New Arrivals Rss Feed

Podcast Rss Feed
Stateless - Matilda
Stateless
Matilda
NINJA TUNE
ZENCD-157
2011
UK
CDs
CD
£11.00

Miles To Go
Visions
Assassinations
Ballad Of NGB

Welcome to 'Matilda', then, an eleven track, fifty minute follow-up to 2007’s eponymous debut, which takes all of those easy words and makes something concrete out of them. Working with Bjork producer/programmer Damian Taylor, 'Matilda' ties together classic songwriting with rhythmic drive, slatherings of sub-bass and enough electronic interference to satisfy the most anal of glitch-nerds. The results are spectacular. From the atmospheric opening of 'Curtain Call' you know you’re in for something special. The driving bass of first single 'Ariel' is followed by the sinuous melody and building atmospherics of 'Miles To Go'. 'Visions' features lead vocals from bass player Justin Percival. “As a vocalist he really is something else,” says James. "I think more and more Stateless will become a twin vocal band. Well, it is already!" 'Red Ocean' functions as an ambient-folk interlude to clear the palate before 'I’m On Fire', a duet with Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond, recorded in her Brooklyn front room over a bottle of wine. 'Ballad of NGB' almost has the feel of contemporary r&b, if contemporary r&b producers were bugging out to Bartok’s Hungarian folk songs and working with the remarkable Balanescu Quartet. This world-renowned string group comes into its own on 'Song For The Outsider' when, in addition to a superb string arrangement, violinist Alex Balanescu finishes things off with a vicious solo: “At the end of the take the control room was just speechless,” James remembers. “Everyone’s jaws just hit the floor, completely astounded. It was mindblowing.” 'Junior' aches with longing and throbs with out-of-focus electronica. 'I Shall Not Complain' finishes the album back somewhere in Eastern Europe, piano combining with one of the most beautiful melodies on the record to take us out on a melancholy, uplifting high. “I wanted you to enter a world,” expalains James, “and travel through that world, meeting different characters, and having different experiences along the way. Matilda, is obviously one of the main characters, but there are other characters too, in order of appearance, you've got Maria, Ariel, The Devil, The Assassins, NGB, The Outsider, Junior, and more, and all of these characters have a role to play in the bigger picture...” He pauses for a moment to consider the enormity of what he hopes he has achieved. “It’s like a strange and beautiful dreamscape,” he says. “It's dark, surreal, mysterious, full of weird and wonderful characters. It's a big piece of work. I hope that people get that, when they hear it. I think it's gonna take quite a few listens before it really sinks in. It's a proper album, it works as a whole. I want people to do the Pink Floyd thing, and listen to it from start to finish really loud on good Speakers

Other Releases On NINJA TUNE see all  
Modern Streets

 
Beat Spacek
Modern Streets
NINJA TUNE
Hip Hop. Beats
£16.99
Biscuits For Breakfast

 
Fink
Biscuits For Breakfast
NINJA TUNE
Folk. Pop. Rock. Psyche.
£12.50
The North Borders Tour - Live

 
Bonobo
The North Borders Tour - Live
NINJA TUNE
Broken Beat / New Jazz
£18.99
Joined Ends

 
Dorian Concept
Joined Ends
NINJA TUNE
Electronica. Leftfield
£15.99

Other Electronica. Leftfield see all  
Tomorrow's Modern Boxes

 
Thom Yorke
Tomorrow's Modern Boxes
LANDGRAB
Electronica. Leftfield
£40.00
Utopian Dream

 
Jimi Tenor
Utopian Dream
SAHKO RECORDINGS
Electronica. Leftfield
£13.99
Backspace Unwind

 
Lamb
Backspace Unwind
MUSIC ON VINYL
Electronica. Leftfield
£21.99
Joined Ends

 
Dorian Concept
Joined Ends
NINJA TUNE
Electronica. Leftfield
£15.99