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Family Portrait

Ross From Friends

Family Portrait

Debut full-length album from the British electronic producer Felix Clary Weatherall

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  1. 8.5 |   Earbuddy

    From the world of lof-fi to the world of FlyLo, yet Weatherall is perhaps creating a new world. One that we’ll all want to be a part of
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  2. 8.0 |   Exclaim

    A very personal and authentic piece of work
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  3. 8.0 |   Q

    Weatherall gleefully proves there's life for house music beyond four-to-the-floor bangers. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   All Music

    Family Portrait is an uncommonly original album, keeping listeners guessing while making a significant, sometimes unexpected emotional impact
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  5. 8.0 |   NME

    Paints a vibrant and touching picture of what dance music can mean to people
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  6. 8.0 |   PopMatters

    Ross From Friends' Family Portrait is an album you can easily disappear into from one of electronic music's most thrilling new talents
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  7. 8.0 |   Crack

    Filled with shimmering, dusky melodies that are only ever half in view, this is a powerful debut
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  8. 8.0 |   Clash

    A record filled with countless intricate and carefully considered elements, and yet one that never feels cluttered, or at risk of losing its pervasive emotional resonance
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  9. 7.6 |   Resident Advisor

    The music is densely textured and meticulously arranged, but it's still as much about feelings as it is technical chops
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  10. 7.5 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    That synthesis between the past and the present is at the heart of Family Portrait and, while it might sometimes lose that heart, when it rediscovers its path again, it becomes an incredibly immersive and exciting album
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  11. 7.0 |   Loud And Quiet

    Ross from Friends has made a cohesive, lovely little album that’s easy to fall into, and when you do, its grasp gets tighter and tighter
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  12. 7.0 |   Tiny Mix Tapes

    While Ross from Friends explores an incredibly specific theme, that of a misremembered personal past, he does so with a keen ear for detail and an unparalleled facility for sonic layering
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  13. 7.0 |   Rolling Stone

    Proves himself a master of fun, gooey textures
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  14. 6.5 |   Pitchfork

    On his debut album, the UK producer attempts to shake the shackles of “lo-fi house” in search of a more nuanced understanding of dance-music nostalgia, but he can’t quite escape the shadow of his influences
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  15. 6.0 |   God Is In The TV

    Could provide the ideal soundtrack for your sweltering summer staycation, or it could be good music to distract you while you’re ploughing through a pile of ironing, putting the ‘house’ into housework
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  16. 6.0 |   The Skinny

    When it pushes boundaries and dips its toe further into avant-garde territory, Family Portrait can be an immersive exploration of dance music
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  17. 6.0 |   music OMH

    Confirms enviable production skills that were already displayed on hype-building 12” releases, but is missing some songwriting nous that would have lifted the album up and made it a more consistently engaging listen
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