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Face freezing emotional punishments by Texan electro-techno deity Gerard Hanson resurface on a reminder of his golden late ‘00s into ‘10s run
Please pardon the gush, but we’re in the presence of greatness here. ‘Lunar Ruins’ was first issued in 2011, but contains material known and utterly beloved from his live sets as early as 2006-2008, as heard in recordings for Faktion (Manchester) and Bleep43 (London) which have gone down in underground lore as legendary examples of his ineffably beautiful and powerful mastery of Detroit-inspired synth music.
At the right times, ‘Lunar Ruins’ literally brings us to tears and on our knees with its tendon-tuned electro-funk and beatific string harmonies, while ‘Into the Distance’ dials up the Martian melodies and cosmic conga turbulence in clear homage to Red Planet, Drexciya and Mad Mike, beside the sinuous, minimalist cool of ‘Mimosa Canopy’. We can’t stress how much this sound feels absent on the ‘floor nowadays.