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Plaid – the electronic music duo, not the chequered pattern – are aptly named.
For 25 years they’ve been making well-composed, unobtrusive sounds, so-called “intelligent dance music” (EDM’s less lairy older cousin), with the emphasis on the first part of the construction.
The tradition continues on their 10th album, Reachy Prints, which cycles fluently through a range of styles from Boards of Canada-style emotiveness on “Wallet” to the vintage John Carpenter synthesiser riff powering “Slam”.
The perfectly judged electronic textures in “Ropen” – cascading bleeps, shivery distortion, a gripping bass line – sum up the expertise of the tailoring.
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