Boomkat Product Review:
2-stepping forward and sidewinding onto Planet Mu, Gábor Lázár curls off a 4th album of experimental rave warp following his trio of zingers for The Death of Rave.
’Source’ arrives very much in the model of Lázár’s prized 2018 side ‘Unfold’, but adds a stealthy layer of pads and dextrous elasticity to his sound in line with incremental developments between all his records, from the super stripped down ‘ILS’ (2013) for Lorenzo Senni’s Presto!? to deadly experimental torque of his seminal 2015 collaboration with Mark Fell and the suppleness of ‘Crisis of Representation’ with Shelter Press in 2017.
The eight tracks of coiled garage mechanics and electroid synth calligraphy arguably catch Lázár at his most ravishing and up-for-it, yet importantly with no loss to the precisely economical aesthetic that made his sound so appealing in the first place. All the hallmarks of his style to date are presented in their latest update, working fine-combed editing and warped kerning that makes for a electrifying dancefloor dynamic accentuated by sparing chords which double down on the sound’s contoured sensuality.
The title tune is undoubtedly one of the lushest, infectiously slinky in his arsenal and sets the tone for a devilishly smart new set taking in nods to classic SND in the nipped chords of ‘Stream’, while ‘Phase’ flashes his hardcore gnashers, and the jittery parry and jaw-tremble electro leads of ‘Excite’ takes strong cues from classic Detroit and Dutch techno, and ‘Focus’ packs some surprisingly jazzy vamps. However the straight-up killer gear is reserved for the hyper-rude swivel of ‘Effort’ and ‘Route’ in stone cold classic Lázár style, with a sensitively melodic ambient kiss-off ‘Return’ perhaps hinting at new directions to come.