Label: Border Community
James Holden's exceptional debut album showed how far he had come from his progressive house roots. Seven years later, he's leaped light years ahead yet again. Conjured up from temperamental modular synthesizers, The Inheritors imagines techno not as a fixed form, but as a wildly volatile substance. Irregular rhythms thrum as liquid synth tones hover on the brink of dissipation; Krautrock pulses and cosmic drones animate lurching club-music mutations that brilliantly illustrate the title of the album's centerpiece, "Gone Feral."