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A computer record, but it doesn’t feel like it

There's this thing about making art where in order to make it feel exciting for yourself, you have to reinvent yourself each time. You have to keep pushing. Go at it like a beginner. Take a white wall and color it in. Every new thing you make has to feel like a statement, the best new version of yourself. Dance punk royals !!! know the feeling well—they've been releasing urgent, obliterative, f*ck-you music for 25 years. Music, for !!!, has to be a place where anything can happen. To quote frontman Nic Offer "We've always been pushing towards something stranger and weirder. We had to keep pushing on."

The band's ninth record, Let it Be Blue, takes that feeling of constant, radical transformation to new, untapped zones. It's a record of sparse dance music. The kind of stuff you want to put on loud, let loose, go to the bar to get a drink only to abandon your plans because the song that just came on was too good not to dance to.

Let it Be Blue is a computer record, but it doesn't feel like it. Featuring production from Patrick Ford, Let it Be Blue is the product of file sharing, trading stems, song particles, little ideas on their way to being fully realized dance tracks. It was conceived during the past two years, with dreams of future dancefloors very much on the brain. The resulting 11 songs are some of the band's most production focused offerings to date. They're crystalline, full of sub-bass and drums. It evokes visions of clubs where a concoction of Dembow and acid house play at volumes so loud your ears hurt and you forget what day of the week it is. In other words, it's a !!! album. It makes you freak out a little bit.

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