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  • Summary: The debut full-length release for the Scottish sextet includes songs inspired by Senegal poet Aby Ngana Diop, Liverpool's Kazimier club, and Glasgow's nightlife.
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  1. Nov 14, 2017
    100
    It’s a chaotic, wonderfully soundtracked journey from one of the best underground musical collectives to come out of Glasgow.
  2. Dec 18, 2017
    80
    The songs are actually seven suites (on what is their seventh release) of kaleidoscopic, expansionist flailing and freedo(o)m, the only throughline being that they remain inherently odd and pleasurable.
  3. Jan 10, 2018
    80
    The band's mix of disco, funk, new wave, dancehall and West African music would in most hands sound muddled or derivative. What happens instead is music filled with life and imagination of the kind described by Stuart Evans, the cofounder of the Green Door Studio, who once likened Golden Teacher to seeing "a robot dancing with a leopard."
  4. The Wire
    Dec 19, 2017
    70
    The update here is that the music is from Glasgow, a city apart from the more cosmopolitan hubs of the global dance network, and one that’s increasingly recognised for its ‘scenius’. It’s perhaps these dislocated elements that make Golden Teacher a solid though ultimately unspectacular British curiosity. [Dec 2017, p.52]
  5. Nov 14, 2017
    69
    As much as Golden Teacher absorb the adventurous dub sounds of the past, their exuberance can’t quite make up for the fact that sometimes they still sound like students.
  6. Nov 14, 2017
    60
    Golden Teacher aren’t quite there yet, just missing a tune or two that really defines what they do. They haven’t produced something that is manages to simultaneously play to their strengths; as catchy as opener Sauchiehall Withdrawal, as rhythmically engaging as the West African-inspired Diop, as pumping as Spiritron.
  7. Uncut
    Nov 16, 2017
    60
    The likes of "Sauchiehall Withdrawal" and "Diop" add a few crumbs to the collective's heaving table, but there's plenty here to chew on. [Jan 2018, p.22]

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