This is hoodie house. Lone has emphatically slid away from the hazy “beat-strumentals” of Lemurian and Ecstasy & Friends with the pupil dilating aura of Galaxy Garden.
The most urgent tipoff that I should pay attention to a producer is when they did my favorite track from a mix and I don’t even know yet. Then I start listening to their other tunes by chance, and I still haven’t put it together that two of the smash tunes on my playlist were done by the same artist.
I first heard Lone on a mix I downloaded with a sea of other mixes that night. I didn’t know who I was listening to at the time. It was the first WKND Selector Mix by Earmilk, and the lead track chosen by host Urulu was the mucky skank behemoth “Cobra” put out late last year.
Not much is known about Lone except that the murderer of the Manchester scene shares R&S label space with Aphex Twin, Blawan and Untold. The single below, “Crystal Caverns 1991″ blew the news feeds to ashes a few weeks ago. The wonder filled bass artist uses vivid daydreams as a source for his prismatic tracks. Lone describes the visual element for the upcoming Galaxy Garden: “a rainforest at night, looking at space from the ground up and having your mind fucking blown” as quoted in FactMag.
“The older I get, the more aware I am of the beauty of nature, science, people and everything around me. I don’t meant to sound pretentious – I really do think my music is an honest representation of everything around me. Hopefully I’m channeling as much beauty as is humanly possible through the tunes.”
Lone‘s surroundings must be stimulating then. The erupting walls of color in “Crystal Caverns 1991″ shift and glide atop throwback Chicago House/Detroit Techno rhythms and UK garage synth poses.
That’s when I was nabbed. Lone prominently channels the sound of early 90s UK garage raves and pre dubstep 2-step on “Crystal Caverns 1991.” On side two of the vinyl single, Lone adds due respect to labelmate Aphex Twin and Warp Records in the form of the phosphorescent and skank worthy “Vulcan Mill Acid.”
“That’s how it’s evolving really; I’m chipping away at a big idea and getting it more and more defined. Eventually, hopefully, it’ll be like literally looking inside my head.”
– Lone (via)
Galaxy Garden is out April 30th. Keep your tabs on Lone through his Twitter and the R&S Records SoundCloud. But if you’re not ready to see colors you never knew existed, stop here and don’t watch the album’s visual teaser below.