Laurel Halo: Chance Of Rain (Hyperdub, 2013)

October 27, 2013 at 9:33 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Laurel Halo: Chance Of Rain

Laurel Halo: Chance Of Rain

Second full-length LP from former WCBN DJ Laurel Halo. This is a lot closer to her Hour Logic EP from 2011, which I liked a lot. Her album Quarantine from last year was more vocal-driven and less dancey, and I honestly am not a huge fan of her vocals. But this one’s all experimental techno and it’s great. Obviously very Detroit influenced, some scuffed/dirty textures like Actress and Opal Tapes type stuff (especially “Serendip”), and a few more abstract ambient interludes (“Dr. Echt”, “Melt”, “-Out”). “Chance Of Rain” has all types of pretty keyboards and nice excited tempo. I can only hope track 7 is titled “Thrax” in homage to Lil B. “Ainnome” is probably the most epic track here, starting with a long weightless atmospheric intro, finally dropping a beat around 2 minutes in, and bouncing around all sorts of melodic bass tones and cascading synths. Possibly her best work yet.

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