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  • Summary: This is the debut full-length release for grime producer Owen Darby.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 5
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  1. Mar 26, 2014
    90
    It’s rare to find an electronic full length that manages to feel so varied, and yet also so harmonious in its uncompromising vision.
  2. Mar 26, 2014
    80
    You can’t hear Signals without hearing modern London.
  3. Mar 26, 2014
    80
    With Signals, Wen has nearly perfected the claustrophobic grime sound he started sketching in 2012.
  4. Jul 17, 2014
    80
    Most intriguing are the hi-tech elements that flicker past, adding a hint of touch screen technology to the contemporary urban space. And the snatches of pirate radio speech--now Wen's signature--are engrossing. [May 2014, p.69]
  5. Mar 26, 2014
    60
    There are moments of dynamism, like the excellent quivering steppers’ bassline in ‘Time’, or ‘In’’s disemboweled grime-pulse sounds. But even these tracks feel weighed down by a relentless paranoiac mood that soon begins to tire, their gestures sparse and restrained in a manner that’s presumably meant to be evocative, but often just feels unadventurous.