Boomkat Product Review:
Yet again Lone proves the album format is best for him with an ‘ardcore-reeling data-burst of colour and dreamin’ dancefloor vibes in Levitate, his 2nd for R&S following the much-loved Reality Testing.
He’s broadly touching on a sound very close to any UK raver’s drug-tendered heart, and with it he becomes liable to closer criticism - you really gotta get those breakbeat chops and frantic arrangements just right if you don’t wanna be accused of some Jamie xx whitewashing or disconnected appropriation.
Mercifully he’s got the measures just right, bolt-cutting his way in between ruggedly lush grooves and a patented sense of pill-up-bum psychedelia to ensure a certain sort of beautiful mania on the ‘floor, in headphones, or cruising concrete blocks on a summer day.
Levitate was inspired by a combination of bed-ridden hallucinations in NYC, and a subsequent recuperation in LA, and it could be said there’s a certain flux, or double refraction, of US and UK vibes at play - just as early UK ‘ardcore emerged as a giddy acceleration of hip hop and house, but now transposed to a 2016 where US hip hop and footwork has gone lush and weird.
Picking pearls, we’d go for the bone-sparking dancer Backtail Was Heavy, with its dubble dipping torque, mid-air strings and horns, or equally the heel-rocking rollige of Vapour Trail and Triple Helix’s buzzing bind of footwork, jungle and psychedelia - that pitch bent drop at 1.50 is soooo good - but ultimately it’s a brilliant album and should be consumed as such.
Get the garys in; it’s a weekender.