While his Finnish electro pals Pan Sonic continue shredding speakers and frightening pets with their sonic disturbances, Vladislav Delay is storming the electronic world with a far subtler bit of sound design.
The mysterious producer describes his recordings more as sonic installations than individual pieces of music, and it isn't hard to imagine Anima gurgling politely in the background of a vast room. The disc is one long, 60-minute piece, all clicks, loops and muted synth sounds. The fact that it isn't broken up into tracks means that you have be willing to commit to the whole project to hear the end, a challenge in these attention-span-sapping times, but intriguing nonetheless. There isn't a lot of variety to Anima, and nothing you could even vaguely call a beat, yet while it works best in the background, it's also oddly infectious. Give it a chance and it'll creep into your head.