Lone - Galaxy Garden
Label: R & S Records – RS1206LP, R & S Records – RS1206CD, R & S Records – RS 1206LP
Format: 2 × Vinyl, LP, Album + CD, Album
Released: 30 Apr 2012
Style: Acid House, Breaks, Deep House, Dubstep, UK Funky, Hardcore Breaks, IDM
A1 New Colour 4:39
A2 The Animal Pattern 4:26
A3 As A Child
Featuring [With] – Machinedrum 5:27
B1 Lying In The Reeds 4:31
B2 Dragon Blues Eyes 1:11
B3 Crystal Caverns 1991 4:53
C1 Raindance 4:22
C2 Dream Girl / Sky Surfer 5:23
C3 Earth's Lungs 4:20
Featuring [With] – Machinedrum 4:28
D2 Stands Tidal Waves 1:47
Featuring [With] – Anneka 5:33
CD-1 New Colour
CD-2 The Animal Pattern
CD-3 As A Child
Featuring [With] – Machinedrum
CD-4 Lying In The Reeds
CD-5 Dragon Blues Eyes
CD-6 Crystal Caverns 1991
CD-8 Dream Girl / Sky Surfer
CD-9 Earth's Lungs
Featuring [With] – Machinedrum
CD-11 Stands Tidal Waves
Featuring [With] – Anneka
Phonographic Copyright (p) – R & S Records
Copyright (c) – R & S Records
Artwork, Design – Konx-om-Pax
Written-By, Producer – Matt Cutler
Written and produced in Manchester, UK between October 2010 and November 2011.
Dedicated to Willis Van West.
Over the past couple of years, Manchester-based producer Lone (a.k.a. Matt Cutler) has become a fully fledged reinvention of his former self. Leaving behind the hip-hop seasoned abstraction and hazy beatscapes of his notable Ecstasy & Friends and Lemurian albums for a quicker-paced sound that draws on a much heavier Chicago house / Detroit Techno and early 90's London rave/hardcore sound.
With his last album proper Emerald Fantasy Tracks & last year s R&S debut Coreshine Voodoo, we saw a honing of these styles. Continuing his ethereal journey through space and time where these previous two outings left off, new album Galaxy Garden - that you will hopefully have in your ears right now - is without doubt his most complete body of work to date. The varied excursions on display unearth new corners to the wunderkind, whilst maintaining his signature sound and cinematic overtones.
Opener New Colour lays down the album s mandate with layers of symbiotic sound-scapes. On into The Animal Pattern, a rolling 8-bit bastardisation where visions of Out Run s Splash Wave come flooding back again. Nomrex label head machine drum makes an appearance on two tracks adding his hazy vocals to As A Child & Cthulhu. The latter evolving into a mid tempo broken roller with key stabs which wouldn t sound out of place on a Japan record.
Thing of beauty, Lying in the Reeds finds Cutler in one of his more melodic, melancholic and reflective moods. This gives way to the ambient drone of Dragon Blue Eyes and through to Crystal Caverns 91; revival stabs, hardcore remnants, a frenetic cadence and we re already half way through the album.
Two uptempo, blissed out stuttered motion bangers - proceed in the form of Raindance & Dream & Girl/Sky Surfer. It s Raindance and the incredible Earth s Lungs where he wears his love of Aphex Twin and Warp most prominently, all the time maintaining a very Lone take on it. The album closes this Lone chapter with vocalist Anneka - who's worked with the likes of Falty DL, Starkey, Ital Tek, Vex'd - and the track Spirals, which is the closest you ll get to Cutler writing a pop song.
A rollercoaster ride of playful nods to a plethora of scenes and influences past, present and future, a residency at Manchester hot-spot Hoya:Hoya, upcoming shows all over the place, support for his tracks from the likes of Caribou, Diplo, Kode 9, Dark Sky, Rustie, James Holden, Martyn, Joy Orbison - to name just a few -remixes for Radiohead, Tensnake & Underworld already under his belt; it s going to be quite a year for Lone. Cutler ended 2010 with his tracks Pineapple Crush and Once In A While featured in every respectable Best of 2010 roundup (Resident Advisor, Phonica, Juno & Fact Magazine). This an album to be treasured and one that will no doubt, end up in even more polls come the end of twenty twelve
I have been a fan of Lone's work for quite a while now, and when I found out he had created something new, I had to have it on vinyl. To be honest, his sound hasn't changed at all, with the exception of a few subtle differences, plus collaborative tracks featuring artists such as Machinedrum and Anneka, but that is not at all a bad thing, in fact Cthulhu is probably one of the best tracks on the album, and Spirals is a perfect closing track.
Overall from beginning to end, this album has provided me with with one hell of a spiritual experience, so to anyone reading this, I recommend this album to everyone. Do ol' Matt Cutler a favor and support his work by picking up a copy, I assure you he won't disappoint.
With loads of glossy, tropical synths and irresistibly funky rhythms, the new Lone album is an electronic soundtrack to ear-to-ear grins and lost inhibitions.
FAV TRACKS: NEW COLOUR, ANIMAL PATTERN, CRYSTAL CAVERNS 1991, OUT RUN'S SPLASH WAVE
Lone - As a Child (featuring Machinedrum)
Lone - Crystal Caverns 1991
Lone - Dream Girl/Sky Surfer