Autre Ne Veut - ‘Anxiety’ + Caprice
Ingredients: 1 1/2 ounces gin, 1/2 ounce dry vermouth, 1/2 ounce Benedictine, 1 dash orange bitters
Mixing Instructions: Stir ingredients with ice in a mixing glass. Strain into a chilled coupe glass and serve.
Notes: Last summer, with 'Total Loss', Tom Krell (How to Dress Well) shined a bright light on the 80s/90s R&B renaissance that had remained in the outer boroughs of music culture up to that point. With his sophomore release, Brooklyn’s Arthur Ashin takes the baton and propels the sound even further. Filled with cascading walls of sound and over-the-top emotion (in a good way), songs like “Play by Play” and “Counting” strike an incredible balance between classic R&B sounds (a la Prince) and more modern vibes like Timbaland and Kanye. Late night music to bask in with friends, mix a cocktail delicate enough to add, rather than distract from one of the year’s most compelling albums.