When his father died a few years back, Francis Harris made an album that sounded unlike anything he had done before. Leland was a catalyst rather than a fluke for the New York artist, pulling him away from the dance floor into more contemplative spaces. Shortly after its release in 2012, Harris’s mother also passed away. Minutes Of Sleep was written in the aftermath, which he admits was more turbulent and upsetting than his father’s death. A stirring and complex record threaded with uncertainty, Minutes Of Sleep shows that Harris is not one to wear his heart on his sleeve. Taking in his varied set of influences, it’s a record that brilliantly refigures house music as a deeply personal form of inward expression.
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