November 13, 2012

Son Raw keeps a full fridge.

When I last spoke to HGLDT (in the back of a rather smoky car on a deserted Canadian highway for those keeping score), he laid out as concise a mission statement as any for his new record: the tempo’s changed, there’s a few extra drums but what matters to me is that dark vibe. While the move from Dubstep to Techno has resulted in quite a few watered down records by aimless artists searching for the next trend, Reflections on the void isn’t one of them as HGLDT’s newest only amplifies the darkness and percussive mayhem of his earlier work. And I do mean amplifies: this is probably the Montreal producer’s darkest work yet, stripping back the naked emotion of his earlier Garage output in favor of blurred out textures and twilight vibes reminiscent of a more club-ready Shackleton. Fans of dark club music take note.

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