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Quite a stylistic departure from her last celebrated long player is 'Chance of Rain', the new freaky stylus-eater to burst forth from the excitable neurons of Ms. Halo, NY’s queen of warped techno. There's not any vocals for a start and the whole shebang initially stumbles into the arena of our minds with a woozy jazz funk keyboard vignette that suggests there may be ...

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Chance Of Rain by Laurel Halo
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10/10 Brian Staff review, 25 October 2013

Quite a stylistic departure from her last celebrated long player is 'Chance of Rain', the new freaky stylus-eater to burst forth from the excitable neurons of Ms. Halo, NY’s queen of warped techno. There's not any vocals for a start and the whole shebang initially stumbles into the arena of our minds with a woozy jazz funk keyboard vignette that suggests there may be some real unexpected shizzle going down over the next 40 minutes or so. So there is...

'Oneiroi' is the first substantial movement on here and it certainly sets the scene for another alarmingly exciting album. This piece is sort of a stuttering, skittering lo-fi abstract techno jam that would fit nicely on Pan records or slot into Jamal Moss's Mathematics stable quite easily. It's pretty monged-out but itchy, compulsive stuff with all kinds of organic ephemera and morphing madness going on. Next up, 'Serendip' is the track that really boots the doors down with a blunted, muffled kick drum bouncing round yr living room like a mad child before it spreads its wings, becoming increasingly widescreen and cosmic, kinda reminding me in equal measures of Andy Stott, Tomutonttu and classic B12. I just love the raw, grainy free-form attitude that this record tantalisingly exudes!

The album cover design was apparently drawn by Laurel Halo's father in the '70s which is brilliantly representative of the title and quite a contrast to the explicit violence and hyper-coloured futurism of 'Quarantine''s Japanese-inspired art. The title number itself is another pacey, spacious techno banger replete with fetishistic whip-cracks and strange disorientating walls of escalating/collapsing cosmic wonder. There's some cool drunken jazzy blurred keyboard audible in the quieter portions before it all kicks off again...and crumbles again! A most wonderful and weird tune, quite mad as a lorry! So, so much going on...disintegrating...building up again! I could imagine Hieroglyphic Being proper rinsing this one in a creaky little club someplace!

It's difficult to really do one o' them track-by-track style write-ups of this terrific record as A/ I'll bore myself and all you lot shitless and B/ this is very much a completely wild trip of an album - all the seemingly random components are utterly integral to the feverish flow and stunning propulsion of it all; the whole way it has been constructed and fleshed-out from experiments and jams into this wonderful, intoxicating thing that just gets increasingly jaw-dropping as it progresses. 'COR' is a half-feral odyssey of ADD beats, tactile squelch, sublime textures and alarming musical shape-shifting. It all concludes with another sweet jazzy keyboard vignette being assaulted by electronic bass-farts, a charming book-end for sure.

Once again she's made the most interesting record on Kode9's ever-reliable Hyperdub this year.


10/10 uxia Customer review, 15th November 2013

You can call it coincidence, but we're celebrating the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who the same year that this Laurel Halo's LP comes out.

This record is full of energy, I don't know what I'm listening to (is it jazz, techno, synth, drone, ambient, dance, ...?) the turntable is burning, my headphones are melting, and all I can do is play it over and over again.

I don't know if my neuroreceptors are working properly, am I supposed to understand what is she trying to say? My brain is too busy making me dance. Please David Tennant, save us from this XXII century music witch.




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