Lone Vinyl, CD & tapes by Lone at Norman Records
Lone is one Matt Cutler of Nottingham, probably the district's premier purveyor of accessible house and techno. His records are crafted to the last detail, full of texture and melodic colour and propelled by a deep love of the 4/4 beat. Those Lone beats often come gloriously wrapped in immersive, polychromatic colour; deeply saturated in luscious, vibrant hues and complemented by a straightforward, unfussy approach to dance-floor friendliness.
Cutler has been quoted as declaring his love of compact, elegant, classic electronica and bass-heavy, kaleidoscopic hip-hop jams: both Boards of Canada and Madlib still inspire and shape the Lone sound since its beginning. 2008's Lemurian showcased Cutler’s ability to re-shape these sonic threads into one unique patchwork quilt.
Cementing his stamp, Galaxy Garden was Lone’s fourth, debuting on R&S. We hear Cutler’s sound evolving nicely into something fresh and exhilarating but still mesmerisingly, blissfully soothing... Bibio was another influence. Reality Testing saw further excavations into the Lone mind-vaults and his most complete work-to-date. Glorious, ecstatic, pumping single ‘Airglow Fires’ had primed us for the new record, which delighted with mind-melting meanders through dreamy, balmy, almost Californian atmospheres.
2016’s Levitate introduced an injection in pace to the Lone sound; lush, sparkling melodies now entwined with old-skool rhythms and filtered-in break-core… Breathtaking, yet still bearing many Lone hallmarks. 2017 and an entry into !K7’s DJ-Kicks mix series graced by Lone selections featuring graceful electronica and techno styles, but also rawness in Detroit electro-dons Drexciya. 2019’s Abraxas highlights the developing, harder style: pure acid-house club pressure.