Animat: Mirador: Selected Works 2005 – 2015
It’s difficult to imagine a better soundtrack to lazy summer days than basking in the laid-back, dubstep sounds of Animat. (I’m tempted to say ‘chillax’, but my younger friends tell me that’s last year’s word). Amazingly, it’s been 10 years since they first emerged onto the Sheffield music scene, and if you’ve not acquired any of their music yet, this retrospective of some of their finest moments is the ideal place to dive in.
Their music has often been performed as part of cinema screenings of films such as Belleville Rendezvous, The Straight Story, and John Carpenter’s Dark Star, but that’s really only part of their story. They create an ambient, pulsating and totally captivating series of soundscapes, as you’d expect from the dubstep genre of music, but hearing these back to back, also give the listener a sense of how Animat have their own indefinable sound.
As the tracks play, even on a random shuffle, there exists almost a narrative to their music, with sounds and moods blending seamlessly as the tracks play out. Don’t worry if you read this and you feel the summer’s drawing to a close; get yourself a copy of Mirador: Selected Works 2005 – 2015 and I promise, Animat will brighten up the gloomiest of days.