Label: Rough Trade
On his third album, Berlin's Pantha Du Prince sticks with the template that made him a favorite with minimal techno's sensitive fringe, arraying delicate bell tones and dulcet synth melodies over beats that crunch like footsteps in deep snow. But he expands his potential fan base with guest spots from bassist Tyler Pope (!!!, LCD Soundsystem) and Animal Collective's Panda Bear, who gives "Stick to My Side" its eerie lyrical lilt. Recorded in the Swiss Alps, atop a village crushed by an avalanche a century ago, the album thrums with a cheerful sort of longing.