hahaha!! this cracked me up.
Thanks for making a topic. honestly haven’t listened to isles yet but I know what to expect. with the first LP i had friends that weren’t really even clued into electronic music and said that the album was just too homogeneous. I get why some people don’t like it.
However I really back these guys REALLY doubling down on this kinda music and going in their own direction. Honestly it is a pretty distinctive sound. It’s not quite Four Tet, it’s a little less (i apologize for all of these adjectives in advance) tropical/afro/ethnic/earthy/jangly or whatever the heck Tet sounds like. It’s also, thank fuck, not a bunch of huge UK rave breakbeat slammer hackney parrot re-dos. The tracks sound like rave-indebted music but with very few of the played out signifiers.
I also think they could have went in a bunch of directions, many of them way more boring than this. From their first essential mix they almost could have turned into a New Jersey house cover band, and their early singles were pretty damn close to Omar S records. I am glad they are in this territory of their own creation (soaring, barely club adjacent breakbeat) rather than just being dancefloor genre technicians or historians or whatever.
Both LP’s also completely dodge the issues with the “dance music LP”. no overlong songs, no crazy genre left turns for novelty, no stuff that feels like “just noodling aimlessly with sounds in my studio” ambient filler or whatever. The albums feel pretty concise to me.
lastly, fuck flangers on the drum track. ruins every song its on. puts every song squarely in the like late 1999 hooj choons bucket and not in a good way.