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- LTECH001 / First 12" for this new label, Laurel Halo (Wire 2012 AOTY queen), this is her techno project....LAST COPIES, NOW OOP
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Mute have a new subsidiary - Liberation Technologies - for the release of a new 12” from Laurel Halo under the guise of King Felix - a confusing moniker named after a previous body of work from 2010. Liberation Tech's ethos echos the history of the Mute label, encouraging it's artists to experiment and break new ground in the field of electronics, which is exactly what Laurel Halo has chosen to do here, deviating from her standard blueprint of controlled bedroom electronics and synth pop minimalism and twisting it into new beat-heavy techno terrain. Rooted in an excellent orchestral string/brass sample, the three variations on 'Spring' presented here explore various outcomes for the source material, each more complex and rhythmic than the last, though none of them climax in the way you'd traditionally expect dance-floor tracks to do.
The opening mix is most effective with it's spacious and subtle use of addition synths and floating vocal samples. 'Spring 03' also surprises with it's outlandish proto-afro groove that attempt to out-speed the footwork crowd with wild results. It's certainly an agitated tune inspired in some way I'm sure by the current rhythms emanating from the Shangaan Electro and Chicago footwork scenes respectively. What is strange is the meandering approach, with no immediate pay-off's on any of the three variants. Instead the tracks dwindle in a sort of no mans land where they could potentially exist indefinitely in a fidgety, moody little space currently unexplored by human kind. This suits me just fine.
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