Claude Speeed has returned, and he's turning up the heat. For Infinity Ultra, his second LP, he has channelled an impressive array of musical and psycho-geographical influences. Children's cartoons, grand artworks and vacant, deserted spaces all played their parts in the conception of this record. All the better for him to process the madness and contradictions of modern living. On Planet Mu.
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Here is that Claude that can’t spell his own name right making a big record for Paradinas’ Planet Mu. He was pretty impressive on that Sun Czar Temple thing also on Mu but it felt quite brief and you could tell that he had a few more ideas to share, and boy, are there ideas here. So many that he may have even gone a bit far and enlisted Kuedo as his Windows 95 computer music specialist. Windows 95, I mean, that’s just perverse. Why would you do that to yourself?
The brief first track features cinematic stuttering synths playing uplifting chords kinda cleanly, but moving to the 2nd track he piles on the distortion as the very same synths fizz and rumble in equal measure, as if trying their best not to exist, but the Claude insists, and they sound pretty mad. His Windows 95 computer then begins to spit its many glitches out of the speakers, almost sounding like a black metal wall of noise, becoming a glassy alien soundscape straight after. As you can see, it’s a weird journey through tense and powerful textures from the wild mind of Mr Speeed, and definitely reminds me of Oneohtrix Point Never’s most recent Garden of Delete, touching on similar old-skool computer themes but with perhaps less teen dreaming and more gnarled drones. There are also moments that are very Lorenzo Senni, the stuttering trancey rave chords standing alone with no beat for company.
It turns out that the one featuring Kuedo and his trusty Windows 95 machine is actually one of the highlights, focusing on low, clunking tones akin to those electroacoustic bods. At least they know how to make it sound good, but really, you could probably have just used your flashy two grand Macbook. But that aside, this record makes it clear that he’s gone far beyond Sun Czar Temple, and if you’ll give this a chance, you’ll see what I mean.
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