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  • Summary: This is the debut full-length release for the London-based producer/videographer who has who has collaborated with likes of Björk, Arca and FKA twigs.
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  1. Positive: 4 out of 7
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  1. The Wire
    Nov 27, 2019
    80
    Debut album Labyrinth is Kanda’s most sophisticated solo effort to date, swaying through 13 tracks of gorgeous melodies and electroacoustic layers that skip and skitter between beats and material states. [Dec 2019, p.48]
  2. Nov 27, 2019
    80
    Labyrinth is a site for self discovery: a place to get lost in and emerge with a new understanding of yourself.
  3. Dec 2, 2019
    70
    The album as a whole is accomplished, but it still hasn't entirely caught up with the precision of his visual multiverse. Still, I am glad that Labyrinth offers another glimpse of Kanda's alternate realities.
  4. Dec 6, 2019
    65
    Over the course of its thirteen tracks, Labyrinth loosely chronicles growing anxiety and its dissolution, peaking at “Mino” before settling into a level of serenity at “Bunny.” Kanda is most successful when he interrupts the album’s emotional arc.
  5. Q Magazine
    Nov 27, 2019
    60
    Entering his maze of influences can initially prove a challenge. ... But over 13 tracks clarity slowly emerges. [Jan 2020, p.109]
  6. Mojo
    Nov 27, 2019
    60
    It takes several listens to mentally sync wit its wonky, lurching rhythms. [Jan 2020, p.91]
  7. Dec 2, 2019
    60
    Kanda’s aptitude for melody is mixed and sometimes abandons him altogether, making the likes of Enigma and Garnet rudderless, but when he locks into one, his work becomes really compelling.
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  1. Dec 1, 2019
    8
    Labyrinth feels more delicated and sofisticated than Kanda's previous works but it still has some lack of variety of sounds and rhythms, thatLabyrinth feels more delicated and sofisticated than Kanda's previous works but it still has some lack of variety of sounds and rhythms, that makes it music for well-eared people. Expand