Release Date: Sep 2, 2014
Record label: Monkeytown
Pity the 12" producer. Their releases are compartmentalized into a tier somehow less important than a full-length, treated as mere precursors to something bigger and better; they face pressure to translate their art into the ironclad LP format, and to satisfy general expectations of what an album is supposed to be. So pity Dark Sky, because they are, at the least, three consistent 12" producers who had little choice but to issue their first full-length five years into a respectable career built solely on short-form records.
If there has been one consistent criticism of Dark Sky's work, it's that it's derivative. Part of that post-dubstep generation who arrived when UK producers were fusing house, two-step and techno, Dark Sky have struggled to mint a distinctive sound. Instead, the trio's back-catalogue has swung from the '90s hardcore-referencing "Ruk" to the garage-tinged, retro house of "Neon" in a way that, for all their clear talent, has tended to sound fashionable rather than fresh.Given that context, Imagin is a bizarre debut album.