Boomkat Product Review:
After years of flirting with her, Kanding Ray properly commits to the dance floor on Hyper Opal Mantis for his ardent support group at Stroboscopic Artefacts.
Proceeding his split 12” with Rrose, and a slew of well-received albums for Raster-Noton, his 6th LP is destined for clubs, but still nuanced and sculpted enough for gloomy bedrooms and immersive headphone commutes alike.
Operating shades away from recent albums by Ø [Phase] and Sigha, Hyper Opal Mantis gives David Lettelier a.k.a. Kangding Ray room to show off his concrète sound design skills in abstract, yet rolling and heavily functional frameworks, with particular highlights to be discovered in the album’s scudding subaquatic probe, Rubi, as well as the throaty resonance and tight bass hits of Epsilon or the diffracted swang of Onde Mantis.