Record Label: 4AD
Stepping out of the shadows in 2007 at just 16-years old, Joker's stock has risen dramatically ever since. Aided by the release of defining cuts like "Digidesign," "The Vision (Let Me Breathe)" and "Tron," he found himself thick in the resurgence of British electronic music. With the world traveled and a deal with 4AD signed, he issued his debut album The Vision in 2011. His now trademark instrumentals are augmented by a number of vocal collaborations here, including contributions from fellow rising stars like Jessie Ware and Buggsy. Tracks like "Slaughterhouse (Here Come The Lights)" highlights the young producer's maturing sound, continuing to playfully subvert pop conventions. The track also features a bombastic and memorable vocal performance from Silas of Turboweekend. On the flip is "My Trance Girl," a futuristic six-minute instrumental more in line with what first hooked Joker fans; its muscular vintage-Sega aping synths and sharp drum snaps a nod to his roots in Bristol's fecund dance music scene.