Dean Blunt

Stone Island

World Music

Released: 24th October 2017

From out of nowhere, another slab of existential beauty from Dean Blunt, this time a vinyl document recorded predominantly in 2013 in a Moscow hotel room. Like the Wahalla album recorded with Joanne Robertson shortly after this piece, these are some of the most honest, heartbreaking recordings made by one of the most unique artists in the underground. Stone Island makes ample use of samples: strings, birdsong and percussion that suits Blunt's downplayed vocal to a tee. There are some surprising elements: an almost Barry White-esque, deep baritonal croon over mid-tempo soul jams, with tracks like Six coming across like Tindersticks in reserved, violin-soaked ballad form. Joanne Robertson makes an appearance on Heat, reprising her role as the perfect counterfoil for Blunt's sub-bass vocal. Mostly, Stone Island comes across as an artist at relaxed with his dis-ease.