More slices of shiny technoid madness from Budapest resident Gábor Lázár! Unfold’s rhythms are in fact a little easier to get your head and feet around than usual, though, sudden jump cuts and wild syncopations stop things from getting too trad, don’t worry. Will sit very nicely on the turntable with Mark Fell, footwork or Errorsmith, to say the least. Double LP from Death Of Rave.
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Sound design is a dark art as far as I’m concerned. The idea of creating sounds, whether drawing on real ones, or creating news ones, kind of terrifies me? I’ve had a go with some of built in plug-ins you get with the Ableton trial and all I managed to do was ruin some perfectly good presets. Gábor Lázár doesn’t have that problem. My fellow Magyar (despite the country’s awful political turn, I was gutted they didn’t get into the World Cup if you need my credentials) is very good at sound design.
All the sounds on Unfold are unbelievably crisp and cohesive, there’s a universe contained in these tracks, a whole science fiction. You can see the world these sounds come from, it’s not completely different from ours, but it’s definitely unfamiliar. Everything is metallic and gently throbbing, the rhythms of life are rigid and inescapable. These are all familiar beats of your average dystopian utopia. Everything is perfect, but that perfection is tinged with authoritarian malice.
It’s impressive how evocative Lázár manages to be doing this. Yes, metal has become omnipresent in how society imagines itself - from the metal parts on your iPhone, to the dominance of steel and glass architecture - but these metallic sounds feel genuinely futuristic. And the same is true of the throbs, of the elastic snaps, of all of it. Much of Unfold recalls SOPHIE’s productions, but where her work is satirical, Lázár is speculative.
Though these tracks are essentially just club cuts, 5 minutes of very slight changes and a constant BPM, the force of Lázár’s imagination is powerful enough to suggest a space not limited to the club, but far beyond it.
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