Lone‘s ‘Galaxy Garden’ album has landed this week on R&S on 2xLP+CD, CD, and MP3. There is also a limited to 50 print edition available here. You could say part of it fuses the coolest bits and bobs of the Jax dubstep scene multiplied to the power of Altern 8. But there’s more. 90s pads throughout with an undercarriage of complex beat structures. These rhythms are similar to the beats on old Skam and Warp records but where those were ideas, even archetypes, these are deliberate and intentional. Remember how intense a song like The Black Dog’s ‘End Of Time’ could have been with a bigger production? This is that album.
‘Lying In The Reeds’ fuses a sample from Subliminal Aurra‘s ‘Ease The Pressure’ and adds a dash of ‘Pacific’-esque pads plus a melody recalling Last Rhythm. There is also some 808 State ‘Ancodia’ in there. The result is perfection. There are a couple of very short ambient cuts, which are great set openers and a few full frequency ravestep recordings whose groove is reminiscent of de-fuzzed breakcore tracks from Bandulu and Genaside II with a shellac of half the Rephlex roster. Cylob, Kinesthesia and The Aphex Twin‘s ‘Next Heap With’ all live up in here somewhere but there is the unmistakable feeling that it doesn’t matter. The music moves so fast it grabs influences at light speed and regurgitates them into mutated lifeforms. 84/100
The title track is the killer here as the ever-versatile Electric Rescue deliver their first bona fide release for Bedrock. ‘Lili’ is a wet, rinsing, drowner of a melodic techno track and will saturate the masses. ‘Opened Hands’ and ‘Science’ are almost space occupiers. They might offer yousomething palatable but frankly, a couple of remixes would have actually suited this package better. 66/100
This is the prog du jour. You can call it techno, whatever you want, but Marco Bailey & Tom Hades hit their stride together with this single. The title track flows in the vein of Alan Fitzpatrick‘s recent exploits, almost a music box melody with a tough rumble underneath. ‘Shakey Solar’ is a short burst of horror-prog and ‘Why Don’t You Answer’ is it’s own psychological thriller of a club jam. 88/100by