Better Strangers

Album Review of Better Strangers by Acre.

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Better Strangers

Acre

Better Strangers by Acre

Release Date: Jan 22, 2016
Record label: Tectonic
Genre(s): Electronic, Techno, Garage, Experimental Techno, Garage Rap/Grime, Dubstep

77 Music Critic Score
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Better Strangers - Very Good, Based on 2 Critics

AllMusic - 80
Based on rating 8/10
80

Mysterious Mancunian producer Acre made his full-length debut in late 2015 on Pinch's always forward-thinking Tectonic label. The tracks on this album, titled Better Strangers, feature jagged beats and distorted, sometimes smothering bass tones, and while it gets a bit obtuse, it doesn't overlook the dancefloor. As fractured and broken as some of the rhythms seem, they do keep to a steady pace and never fall apart completely, or erupt into violent fits of rage the way producers like Rabit or Visionist do.

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Resident Advisor - 74
Based on rating 3.7/5
74

Since 2013, Project 13 resident Acre has steadily pumped out the sort of grime/techno hybrids that are prone to destroying dance floors. The labels he's worked with lend a certain pedigree as well, including Visionist's Lost Codes, cult favourite Wisdom Teeth and Pinch's Cold Recordings. So it's fitting that Better Strangers, Acre's first album, found its home on Tectonic.

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