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UK bass mutant Neana locks off a singular style of dance pressure informed by neeky sci-fi culture in his self-released sophomore album
Hailing from North West UK, Neana spent the latter half of the last decade affiliated with Night Slugs and Gang Fatale, the latter of which also included Clara La San in their now-inactive crew. With ‘Renegade Lakes’ he returns to the fray in a big way, adapting his nods to Jersey house, Ballroom bangers, and classic grime with a rudely playful cyberpunk style that’s informed by time spent in the fringes of Berlin’s club scene.
Leaving no nanosecond of music begging for detail, ‘Renegade Lakes’ is an intensely absorbing listen if you’re into that kind of thing, throwing up highlights for the club in the barking, sleazy shunt of the title cut, the recoiling breaks and jagged stabs of ‘Copters’, and the giddy uptempo groove of ‘Gravy’, but to be fair the whole album lends itself to the club as much as a headphone mission, and is balanced as such for a playthru listen that resembles a ‘90s neo-noir cyber soundtrack, kinda like a knowingly cooler answer to The Crystal Method.