Released 04/10/2010

Welcome, Ninja Tune’s latest signing: the one and only Eskmo, AKA
Brendan Angelides, a native of Connecticut now based in San Francisco.
Widely heralded within the community as one of the most original of a
new wave of electronica artists, his eponymous debut album for Ninja
Tune finally offers Eskmo a canvas broad enough to create his first
masterpiece. Embracing and exploring glitch, dubstep and R’n’B, and
layering his own ethereal vocals into the dreamy mix, it’s a fine
showcase for everything that has made Eskmo such a whispered-about

Angelides has been making tracks as Eskmo since 1999, recording a
series of tracks and remixes for labels like Planet Mu and Warp in
recent years, and releasing two acclaimed singles, ‘Hypercolor’ and
‘Angus Dei’, on his own Ancestor imprint in 2009. Eskmo’s won the
patronage of fellow Ninja-artist, the legendary Amon Tobin, with whom
he’s collaborated as Eskamon, while Flying Lotus hand-picked this
kindred spirit to play his Brainfeeder Sessions. Via these channels,
he was discovered by Ninja Tune, who swiftly invited Eskmo to join
their hallowed ranks, and release a debut album. 

For this album, Eskmo has abandoned the strictures of making tracks
for the dancefloor and the strictures of the 12” single format, and
followed his visionary muse. “Before Warp and Planet Mu I kind of fell into
the game of making tracks to get released on smaller dance labels,
having to cater to ‘dance’ formulas,” he explains. “Over this past couple
of years, I feel I’ve let go of that, and am just writing the songs I want to write. I got back to what excited me about making electronic music when I
started out, creating these little universes with sound and writing

The album was, he says, written over a six month stretch “in the
middle of a whole bunch of personal relationship-type stuff, a lot of
deep life-experience type stuff happening that helped the music just
bleed out of me. I just poured all those feelings into the music, it’s
very cathartic. I allowed myself to let go of DJ structure – it’s not
a ‘dance club’ album, because that kind of stuff hasn’t inspired me in
years. This is the first full body of work where I’m singing all over
it, and allowing myself to get over that furlough of expression has
been really liberating.” 

The first release on the label following Ninja Tune’s 20th Anniversary
box set signals a brave new chapter for this artist, and for
electronica itself. Dreamy, haunting, full of ghostly funk and
inventive sonics, Eskmo serves up electronica with a most human heart.

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