After due consideration and repeated playing of this "Galvany Street" and "Point", I have to say that this tops them all. Atmos seems to bring all the different channels together into a single coherent whole, in a way that I've not experienced with any other quad or a 5.1 mix, even in my 5.1.2 system. I am completely blown away by this disc. The run of tracks from "Sacred" through to "I Go, I Go", then the last three are just immense. Electronic music, and especially dance music I believe lends itself to an immersive, enveloping experience in a way few other genre's do. This is evidenced by previous efforts by Pete Namlook on DTS CD, Schiller's "Leiben" on SACD, the Depeche Mode albums "Ultra", "Violator" and "Songs Of Faith And Devotion", Yello's "Point" and Kraftwerk (watching on a projector in 3D with Atmos going is complete sensory overload BTW, you should try it). But this beats them all. The last few months, starting when I got Schiller's "Morgenstund", then "Galvany Street", "Point" and now this have been, as I've said elsewhere, nothing short (IMHO) of a paradigm shift in demonstrating what surround music is capable of delivering. But "Dear Future Self is, in my view, the current pinnacle. I'm giving this 10, because it's as high a score as I can give.
This surely is an album to own if you have an Atmos system! Height speakers are used in a great way. Bass is fantastic as well. The only thing that keeps me from voting 10 is that I am not too crazy about one or two tracks in terms of composition. That's personal of course, and all in all to me this is a solid 9.
Not every track is my cup of tea musically, but the Atmos mix blows most surround music titles out of the water, stomps on them and then farts in their face for good measure. The only competition I've heard that competes with this mix is Booka Shade's own Galvany Street and Yello's Point album (which I maintain is Atmos' Dark Side of the Moon equivalent as the current god of Atmos music and I love almost every track on that album), but to not give this album a 10 would make a mockery of the number 10 because most of the surround albums rated 10s aren't in the same ballfield as this album in terms of surround sound. I feel the ratings system fails in that regard.
I also have to say "Perfect Way" may be the single best Atmos track of all time. I play Yello's album track after track, but even when I'm done I feel be need to play Perfect Way afterwards because the all encompassing bass drum surround starting in the front, moving like freeway passing lines on both sides of the room and then thumping more traditionally in your very skull is like Sonic Nirvana. It's like a safe high. And I'm not a big club type fan, but this crazy good. I can't get it out of my head.
If you have Atmos, you NEED to hear this album (and Yello too!)