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King Felix (Laurel Halo) – Spring EP
Laurel Halo estrena nuevo alias, King Felix, para proceder con sus aventuras sonoras más cercanas a la pista de baile. En “Spring” juega con ritmos juke, texturas techno y experimentos ambientales, dejando en general muy buenas sensaciones. (reseña completa en Playgroundmag)
Arriving to much hype and fanfare, Laurel Halo assumes the King Felix moniker to inaugurate Mute's Liberation Technologies sub-label. The 'Spring EP' clears her cache of the last few years work, rending a dreamily synthesized fusion of Motor City memes, mid-'90s UK IDM and modern hyper-swerve with a post Ambient-Techno aesthetic. Of course, that sounds pretty freaking convoluted, but this really isn't a simple sound; it is diffuse, kinetic and evocatively melodic, executed with a cool compositional skill which stands her aside from the crowd in a surreal, self-made hyperspace. The three versions of 'Spring' are subtly morphed simulations of the same elements - fluttering flutes, rippling machine pulses, wheezy synth fibrillations - manifesting as Dub-stepped swoon; 3am Motor city elegance; flickering Footwork frame rates; while the deeply contrasting 'Freak' enters carefully constructed Chamber-Ambient dimensions. This, and her reputedly "more human" LP recently announced for Hyperdub, should continue to establish King Felix/Laurel Halo as one of electronica's most vital current concerns.