The opening guitar riff sounds like a cross between early Bollywood, Persian and classical Spanish – I hadn’t heard of Stateless until they were played in the office a couple of months back and most definitely did not know that kidkanevil and Justin Percival form part of the line-up!

Stateless – Ariel

Stateless - Matilda (2011)

This is from their second album, Matilda, a 2CD + mp3 release on Ninja Tune (21/02/2011).

It’s a mix of dubsteppy bass, pop/singer-songwriter vocal and classical guitar with glitchy electronica – could be off-kilter but is more of a slow-burn simmer.

They were part of the line-up supporting Little Dragon duringthis year’s  HMV’s Next Big Thing Festival that ran across various London venues earlier in February but I missed them – back on 13th May at the Jazz Cafe.