Lone again, naturally. Matt Cutler's been doing this music thing for quite a while now -- 'Levitate', his sixth album under this moniker, gets an upgrade in tempo, revelling in ecstatic breakbeats and a love of jungle. It's a switch up from the arguably chiller music he's been making of late.
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Nottingham lad Matt Cutler aka Lone is back with his sixth album - his third for R&S with a concise 9 track LP channeling the spirit of rave via nu-oldskool breakbeat hardcore, Jungle, House and ambient. The producer wastes little time in bringing the party - opening with the energetic breakbeats and sparkling Detroit techno melodies of ‘Alpha Wheel’ and then onto the boombastic hardcore of ‘Backtail Was Heavy’.
Just two tracks in and it’s immediate that ‘Levitate’ packs more weight than a mere oldskool rave homage - sure Cutler expertly captures the energy, the sound palette and the vibe -- but there’s something of himself in these tracks; warm, emotive glistening melodies and melancholy twinkles and the production is pristine without losing some of the rugged oldskool charm.
At various point I’m reminded of a fair amount of the Rephlex catalogue in terms of fresh approaches to the tried and tested rave templates. What’s remarkable is that this guy, so I believe isn’t an old raver - he’s too young and yet he still manages to totally nail the feeling you get from classic tracks. Perhaps he’s creating a nostalgic world for a time he was unable to inhabit - the 90’s was a great time so why not. Apparently inspiration coming from hallucinating these tracks as opposed to studying crates of dusty old tunes. It’s all in there, the vamps, the samples, the structure of the beats...
Before things become overwhelmingly ravey ‘Breeze Out’ offers some dreamy ambient respite. ‘Sleepwalkers’ has a bleepy Boards of Canada influence, alongside sturdy breaks and intricate music box chimes. ‘Sea of Tranquility’ utilizes firing Amen’s and swirling oceanic synth before majestic comedown synth orchestration ‘Hiraeth’ eases the sweaty skin-up session/ car journey home. I think ‘Levitate’ is probably gonna appeal to the generation that missed out on the heady culture of the 90’s rather than serve as nostalgia for the hardcore raver.
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