Andy Stott – The Beginning

It’s Stott o’Clock! Andy Stott has just announced a new album, Never The Right Time, the Manchester producer’s first since 2016’s Too Many Voices. The Beginning is the lead single, and sounds like a bit of a departure from his trademark bleakness and oppressive atmospheres. He almost sounds optimistic; happy even. Featuring vocals from Stott’s frequent collaborator Alison Skidmore, it’s all open chords and shimmering synth lines, and ends with a minute or so of genuine serenity. Time will tell if this is the vibe we can expect from the rest of the album, but just the fact that there’s new music out there and more on the way is the best news I’ve had for ages.