Over the past 10 years Swiss artist Lcp has been lurking around the fringes of the leftfield techno scene with a particular approach to crooked rhythms and dubby sonics that he’s primarily carried on his own re:st label. On this latest drop, which first surfaced late last year and finally hits wax in limited numbers, he refines his sound with a nocturnal excursion into crisp drums and shimmering chords.
The spacious expanse of dub techno informs the Lcp sound, manifesting in quintessential melodic phrases that favour subtlety and patience over bombast, leaving ample room for delay tails and reverb decays to mark out the size and shape of the mix. Despite this degree of formula, there’s a healthy amount of variation across all four tracks. ‘Even Alteration’s meditative mood gives way to the cascading modulation of EP highlight ‘Residual Light’, while ‘Sense Of Resolution’ skulks in a particularly downcast refrain accentuated by animated sub lines.
Rather than using soundsystem dynamics to elicit a heavy, physical response, Lcp wields bassweight dread as an expressive tool, spelling out a reflective mood that comfortably resides to the left of traditional dancefloor demands. In that sense, it’s steeped in the tradition of dub-oriented music, drawing the listener inwards and downwards, albeit in a pristinely rendered haze of contemplative contemporary techno.
- Oli Warwick, Juno Daily
Label sticker design by Efentwell.
released December 4, 2020