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Review: Autokratz – Self Help For Beginners

After their highly acclaimed first album Animal got every electro buzz kid worth their salt, shaking their meat to their noughties beat, autoKratz went on to concoct remixes for the likes of La Roux, Alex Gopher, Fischerspooner and Underworld and also supported Essex Big Beat heavyweights The Prodigy amongst others in between, it’s fair to say that there’s been a great deal of anticipation surrounding their second LP, Self Help For Beginners.

The English duo are known for playing a pompous, guitar-enhanced style of electro (aka *shudder* nu rave). Until 2009 they were mainstays of Kitsuné Music, the Parisian label that helped popularize similar sounding assembles like the Klaxons and Simian Mobile Disco. Straying away from their French-speaking counterparts, Self Help for Beginners will come out on their new label, Bad Life. In addition to the core of Cox and Crank the record features appearances from Andrew Innes of Primal Scream notoriety and Peter Hook, formerly of Joy Division and New Order.

Though at times slow and not as innovative as the unique synths and slithering soundscapes they were crafting before, there are parts of Self Help for Beginners that take listeners on an aural journey through dark and brooding electronic pop, hands in the air garage techno and carefully nurtured and attentive moments of beauty.

Self Help For Beginners, releaded by Bad Life Records, is available to buy now.

-Maxine Winning

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