Start Breaking My Heart is one of those albums that may throw some fans off. For those new to the world of Dan Snaith his debut album is something of an anomaly. The 10 tracks are relatively pure IDM, produced at a skill level high above what you would expect from a debut. It's a far cry from the brazen rhythms and crunchy, processed guitars of the albums that would follow, however it's a gentle reminder that the producer behind Daphni is firmly rooted in electronic production. Snaith shows a keen ear for off kilter loops which he mixes with disjointed rhythms. There is a light touch to nearly everything here, with warm synth pads easing you in and out of the mild cacophony. Acoustic instruments and live drums are woven together with heavily chopped beats. In the very least, Start Breaking My Heart proves to be an enjoyable listen that sheds light on the roots of Dan Snaith's many guises. Limited edition repress housed in a gatefold sleeve with free CD copy of the album.
- music label: Leaf 2013