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- Churches, Schools and Guns by Lucy
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It’s very almost midnight which feel like the appropriate hour to be consuming this album. This is the second solo album from Berlin based Italian producer Lucy (Mote Evolver, CLR, Bleep, Curle etc.) AKA Luca Mortellaro who runs the Stroboscopic Artefacts label and is half of Zeitgeber along with Speedy J. Lucy and his label have played important roles in continuing techno as a futurist movement and also served as a reminder that techno is equally as powerful for the mind as it is the feet.
‘Churches, Schools and Guns’ is representative of the diversity of his sounds, switching from cerebral sci-fi soundworlds to more dancefloor compatible tracks. It’s also representative of the aesthetic he carries across his productions and label. His sound is pretty dark I would say but I wouldn’t consider it part of the current wave of tough industrial techno currently doing the rounds. It’s more akin to a more murky take on the deep space sonic explorations of Jeff Mills or Planetary Assault Systems although rhythmically there's common ground with Raster Noton's techno output. Despite the mechanical rhythms scattered throughout the record the overall sound isn’t totally cold or sterile. Warm glowing neon synths emerge here and there adding warmth to the dystopian gloomy sound design. You could reach into the triple vinyl and pull out stuff for different moods within a DJ set but I reckon imbibing it in its entirety is pretty rewarding.
Fans of Monolake, Peter Van Hoesen, Yves De Mey, Sandwell District, Function, Rrose, Donato Dozzy etc. may well find pleasure here.
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