Man, I must be one impatient motherfucker. Because when I first read the news (via FACT) that Demdike Stare’s Miles Whittaker was releasing his first “proper solo LP” on Modern Love, my knee-jerk reaction was just kinda… “Shit what took this dude so damn long?” In case you were wondering, my second thought was that I seem to casually swear a lot, even in internal monologues. And my third thought was that I’m one cool son-of-a-bitch.
But enough about ME for a few sentences, let’s get back to Whittaker. Of course, the reason I was faintly shocked to realize that the dude hasn’t released a literal, honest-to-goodness, under-his-own-name solo-record yet is because of the sheer tonnage of shit that he has released for Modern Love to date, including his epic techno work with Gary Howell in Pendle Coven and the pair’s jungle jams as HATE, his batshit breakbeat adventures with Andy Stott as Millie and Andrea, his Suum Cuique noise project, and his perpetually badass Demdike Stare project (with Sean Canty), whose dark, dubby records we’re perpetually falling all over ourselves about.
But yo, forget about all those records. They’re CRAP. Because he’s dropping Faint Hearted next month under his own name (Miles), and it promises to be bigger, better, louder, quieter, harder, softer, cooler, hotter, phatter, leaner, hungier, and hornier than all of those other records put together! Seriously! That’s from the press release! Okay, no its not; but he does claim that it reflects the full range of his musical interests, from “robust and stripped Techno to washed-out Jungle and Ambient mutations” (Modern Love drops Mika Vainio, Plastikman, and Move D as points of reference). So yeah, April 8, man. Throw out all your other Modern Love records and buy this one. You bastard!
Faint Hearted tracklisting:
03. Status Narcissism
04. Sense Data
06. Archaic Thought Pattern 1
08. Loran Dreams