Fresh from his sometimes quaint, often funky and ever-so-lovely tape thing on 1080p (now a motion LP), Moon B preps -- that's what electronic people say, right? -- his first record on World Aurale, a label that actually belongs to him. Sounds nice, as always: a vintage IDM with beats that can adequately be described as "a smattering" and disparate sounds both pastoral and digital. Thanks to an ever-thoughtful production job, it sounds fuzzy and squeaky-clean at the same time, like he's gradually dusting away the fuzz.
Vinyl LP £22.99 WA-001
LP on World Aurale.
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Sunglassed cartoon character Moon B returns with a record on his own gosh darn imprint here, packing up all the stuff he’d stored in the 1080p office back when ‘Lifeworld’ was a wee tape. That record was lovely, by the way: a bouncing record of funky bass warmed by a crackling lo-fi grain, it brought through a smile to many a Normanite. He’s called this one ‘Anything’, so your guess is as good as ours: ultimately, it’s more of the same delightful, swooshing house, given the swing of funk, electro and general gentle club happiness.
He plucks melodies out of thin air, is what he does. Laying down confident beats, he then swirls around with little synth refrains that feel like they’re coming out of nowhere -- their tinniness recalls d’Eon, but the basslines strike up something wonderfully danceable, making for the kind of tangible hooks you’d start grinning at like an idiot if you were just caught up in the rhythm. Amidst the grooves, his surprises feel intricate: they worm their way into the song between swirling ambient sustains and embed themselves, as on the whistling synth of “Mending”.
There’s something about Moon B’s sorta lo-fi production that feels both contained and unleashed, like open-air bedroom pop. The synths of “Punya” feel like they’re swirling out into the skyline while the beat remains compressed, slapping the walls around it. “Ban Ki” twists its rhythm into its synthwork ‘til they’re wrapped tight together, like one of Jessy Lanza’s new bouncy but binding tunes. It’s lovely, all things considered. Lemme just finish on a nice reviewer cliche: I don’t know that it’s anything, but it sure is something.
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