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Debut album coming out in May on Hyperdub, new EP as King Felix out on Liberation Technologies very shortly. Looking forward to hearing both of these, probably time for her own thread.

Valéry Giscard d'Staind (NickB), Wednesday, 21 March 2012 22:20 (nine years ago) link

http://new.assets.thequietus.com/images/articles/8317/laurel_halo_quarantine_1332348513_crop_550x550.jpg

^ Cover of the album (Quarantine) is O_O btw

Valéry Giscard d'Staind (NickB), Wednesday, 21 March 2012 22:21 (nine years ago) link

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Valéry Giscard d'Staind (NickB), Thursday, 22 March 2012 09:21 (nine years ago) link

I am anticipating the hell out of this. Hour Logic was one of my favourite moments of 2011. Thank you, Sandbox post-Knife electronica thread (even though I don't think she really fit in that genre, I loved the heck out of the stuff that was posted.)

(Philip K Dick refs and all)

Masonic Boom, Thursday, 22 March 2012 09:30 (nine years ago) link

Hour Logic was one of my favourite moments of 2011

Yeah yeah, damn right! I was a little dismissive of the second half of that record, but I've been re-listening lately and boy, am I a big dummy. Quarantine is supposed to be more song-based and along the lines of the 'King Felix' EP from 2010.

Valéry Giscard d'Staind (NickB), Thursday, 22 March 2012 09:38 (nine years ago) link

I think that, on the basis of last year's releases, I like her sounds and textures a lot more than anything she actually does with them, but will give this a listen.

Homosexual Satan Wasp (Matt DC), Thursday, 22 March 2012 09:39 (nine years ago) link

No, that record went really interesting places, the first half was perhaps more immediate, but where it ended up fascinated me, it was like it took you round corners and ran off in different directions.

Masonic Boom, Thursday, 22 March 2012 09:40 (nine years ago) link

Yeah, excited about this one. That cover is AMAZING.

MikoMcha, Thursday, 22 March 2012 10:07 (nine years ago) link

OMG I didn't even see the cover. The WTFness... but also... beautiful. Head hurts.

Masonic Boom, Thursday, 22 March 2012 10:09 (nine years ago) link

i need to go back to her stuff, i didn't fully get into hour logic before my hard drive died and i lost it.

i LOVE her vocal on games' "strawberry skies"

lex pretend, Thursday, 22 March 2012 10:16 (nine years ago) link

I think my fave track on Hour Logic was actually the title track, which is, like a 9 minute trance epic that stops mid-stream and goes somewhere else at least twice during the course of the song (...and gets lost in the jetstream)

Masonic Boom, Thursday, 22 March 2012 10:22 (nine years ago) link

A couple of nice things she's done outside of her two EPs:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tOth11wGCnM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAYvwxdhNjc

Valéry Giscard d'Staind (NickB), Thursday, 22 March 2012 13:33 (nine years ago) link

finally listened to that widely-praised EP from last year, wondering why I hadn't previously

mh, Thursday, 22 March 2012 14:40 (nine years ago) link

The first couple of tracks off the new King Felix ep are up on Soundcloud:

http://soundcloud.com/liberationtechnologies

Valéry Giscard d'Staind (NickB), Tuesday, 3 April 2012 16:57 (nine years ago) link

kind of a weird deployment of the makoto aida pic but stoked

ogmor, Tuesday, 3 April 2012 22:37 (nine years ago) link

one month passes...

i kno' nooothin of her previous ep's and stuff, but this "quarantine" collection moves me, grooves me, woos me mo' and mo' with every listen.

t**t, Thursday, 10 May 2012 19:54 (nine years ago) link

Laurel Halo: Quarantine, streaming here: http://soundcloud.com/factmag/laurel-halo-quarantine/s-3eAaW

Looking forward to checking it out, but have to wait until I get home :(

MikoMcha, Tuesday, 15 May 2012 16:25 (nine years ago) link

excited!

Goodbye 20th Centipede (NickB), Tuesday, 15 May 2012 16:36 (nine years ago) link

Couldn't get that stream to work btw, but it plays alright embedded in this page:

http://www.factmag.com/2012/05/15/stream-quarantine-laurel-halos-debut-album-for-hyperdub/

Goodbye 20th Centipede (NickB), Tuesday, 15 May 2012 16:37 (nine years ago) link

Oh, stream seems to be working fine for me!

Wow, vocals on this are certainly interesting.

MikoMcha, Tuesday, 15 May 2012 17:32 (nine years ago) link

Oh no. I'm about ten minutes in, and I don't think I like it that much. It's nowhere near as beat oriented as the stuff on the EPs that I really liked. Maybe I should listen to it on better headphones, but this isn't really doing anything for me so far. I keep hoping it will improve and it just kind of meanders.

They have fangs, They have teeth! (White Chocolate Cheesecake), Tuesday, 15 May 2012 18:32 (nine years ago) link

liveblog: it's picking up at the halfway mark, with that backwards vocal piece into the most rhythmic + interesting track so far

40oz of tears (Jordan), Tuesday, 15 May 2012 18:39 (nine years ago) link

I'm about halfway in, and I'm getting something which sounds like a choir of crying babies? Not feeling it.

They have fangs, They have teeth! (White Chocolate Cheesecake), Tuesday, 15 May 2012 18:42 (nine years ago) link

this is not even remotely like her eps and remixes but it's... totally awesome?

sort of love the multilayered vocals meeting up with strange, incomplete ambience

Whiney vs. (BradNelson), Tuesday, 15 May 2012 22:03 (nine years ago) link

Great record. But the vocals are definitely confronting, feels untreated, emotionally direct, at times jarring. Maybe I'll report back have a few more listens.

There's some beautiful moments though: Light + Space, Holoday, Years.

MikoMcha, Wednesday, 16 May 2012 08:32 (nine years ago) link

Wow. This is really odd compared to the last EP. I'm getting kinda Nico vibes from it which I never would have expected prior to listening. Interesting.

Has anyone kept without throughout the last fortnight or so and can say how it sounds after ten listens?

kraudive, Thursday, 24 May 2012 16:42 (nine years ago) link

Gotta say I'm more intrigued to see what this is like live - due to see her at Field Day next week.

kraudive, Thursday, 24 May 2012 16:48 (nine years ago) link

Has anyone kept without throughout the last fortnight or so and can say how it sounds after ten listens?

even better now. weirdly compelled to listen to it.

Whiney vs. (BradNelson), Thursday, 24 May 2012 17:13 (nine years ago) link

Good. Just listened it through for the first time. I guess she likes The Marble Index, right?

kraudive, Thursday, 24 May 2012 17:22 (nine years ago) link

yea? never thought of that :/

t**t, Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:33 (nine years ago) link

Oh, this is exciting! I really liked Hour Logic.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Thursday, 24 May 2012 19:37 (nine years ago) link

Scared away by the previews on the Hyperdub site, but loving Hour Logic at the mo. Very good for walking around big cities in the rain. Rory Gibb talks a lot about internet living in relation to her work in his quietus review of the new one, tho I find that reading a bit tired and untrue to my experience of her music. May give it a go when I'm feeling more adventurous.

Mercer Finn, Monday, 28 May 2012 04:06 (nine years ago) link

New one sounds pretty nice.

EveningStar (Sund4r), Monday, 28 May 2012 04:34 (nine years ago) link

i liked hour logic but this isn't doing it for me. seems kind of uncomfortably insular.

The Reverend, Monday, 28 May 2012 07:25 (nine years ago) link

Hour Logic is such a great record. Seems better and better every time I return to it.

MikoMcha, Monday, 28 May 2012 08:08 (nine years ago) link

Blown away by Quarantine. What a FANTASTIC album this is.

mike t-diva, Thursday, 7 June 2012 14:28 (nine years ago) link

Seems I've missed some backstory here...

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 7 June 2012 14:47 (nine years ago) link

wow, i'd liked her stuff before but this new album might be the worst music i've heard this year. it's just...gross-sounding

kanye kardashian (lex pretend), Friday, 8 June 2012 18:04 (nine years ago) link

AND it's nothingy

kanye kardashian (lex pretend), Friday, 8 June 2012 18:04 (nine years ago) link

takes a few plays for it to click, but i think it's great

Zaireeka Badu (NickB), Friday, 8 June 2012 18:06 (nine years ago) link

To be honest, I nearly turned it off halfway through Years - those vocals! - but something about it was so "off", that it held my interest a while longer. As some reviewers have mentioned, I like the stark separation between the murky soup of the music and the untreated rawness of the vocals. Only played it twice - once late at night, when it stopped me going to bed, and once mid-morning, when it stopped me getting any work done. Arrestingly original.

mike t-diva, Saturday, 9 June 2012 08:56 (nine years ago) link

I've not really found her previous records to be that interesting so the fact this is proving so divisive is kinda intriguing.

Matt DC, Saturday, 9 June 2012 09:30 (nine years ago) link

To be honest, I nearly turned it off halfway through Years - those vocals!

i nearly tweeted at that point "is there ANY point in me continuing with this piece of shit" but i soldiered on and it got no better. seriously those vocals are unlistenable and the music is completely insubstantial, in a vaguely queasy out-of-tune way. and has she put any thought into the structure of any track> it seems completely directionless and random.

i don't really think there's a separation b/w the vox and the music, nothing of consequence happens it either, and it doesn't happen in a horrible-sounding way.

kanye kardashian (lex pretend), Saturday, 9 June 2012 10:24 (nine years ago) link

it's definitely the worst album i've sat all the way through this year.

kanye kardashian (lex pretend), Saturday, 9 June 2012 10:25 (nine years ago) link

I feel like I'm going to have to give it another cursory listen if/when it turns up on Spotify but this album really was one of the biggest disappointments of the year so far.

And in a year of so many solid releases (SVIIB! Grimes! Dawn Richard! I'm hoping I get to add Cooly G! to this list, Coldplay cover or no) the idea of having to put time and effort into something I found so initially ... revolting (not even in the sense of gross, in the sense of, my ears revolted against having to hear it) just doesn't seem particularly like a good way of spending my time.

Coolyplay G (White Chocolate Cheesecake), Saturday, 9 June 2012 11:04 (nine years ago) link

I definitely can relate, but it's strange since it also feels calculated and intentional.

MikoMcha, Saturday, 9 June 2012 11:07 (nine years ago) link

Oh, I'm sure that it is! I just don't want to put it in mine ears.

Coolyplay G (White Chocolate Cheesecake), Saturday, 9 June 2012 11:08 (nine years ago) link

it definitely seems calculated and deliberate - i LOVE halo's vox on games' "strawberry skies" so it's not like this is all she can do with her voice

kanye kardashian (lex pretend), Saturday, 9 June 2012 11:29 (nine years ago) link

which makes it worse, i almost feel offended that she expects people to accept work this shoddy

kanye kardashian (lex pretend), Saturday, 9 June 2012 11:31 (nine years ago) link

I'm only three songs in but I'm finding something somewhat beguiling in all of this, like her vocals are in tune until such point as she decides she wants them not to be, but I'm not sure that's necessarily interesting in itself and I've no idea whether or not the album in general will hold up once the initial weirdness factor has worn off.

Matt DC, Saturday, 9 June 2012 12:00 (nine years ago) link

She definitely does something to process the tracks in order to make them sound more uniform I think and give them all that “smudged” quality as flopson says. It’s striking how seamless it all is — sometimes I can’t tell what elements are from which track during a transition.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Thursday, 28 March 2019 14:15 (two years ago) link

it's just good mixing homes

cheese canopy (map), Thursday, 28 March 2019 16:15 (two years ago) link

yea this is really good

she hosted a really awesome nts session recently

marcos, Thursday, 28 March 2019 16:16 (two years ago) link

i listened to this really stoned last night and it was p wonderful. delighted by "just made some jazz music" every single time

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Thursday, 28 March 2019 16:17 (two years ago) link

this seems like an ideal thing to listen to really stoned

cheese canopy (map), Thursday, 28 March 2019 16:21 (two years ago) link

it's just good mixing homes

Also I'm sure there was some mixing & mastering done on the mix as a whole

change display name (Jordan), Thursday, 28 March 2019 16:44 (two years ago) link

this seems like an ideal thing to listen to really stoned

confirmed

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 28 March 2019 17:12 (two years ago) link

lol yep

flopson, Thursday, 28 March 2019 19:06 (two years ago) link

I really want to see her live, why do DJs/electronic artists have to do such late shows

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Thursday, 28 March 2019 20:08 (two years ago) link

um

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 28 March 2019 20:13 (two years ago) link

alexa what is a nightclub

( ͡☉ ͜ʖ ͡☉) (jim in vancouver), Thursday, 28 March 2019 20:13 (two years ago) link

yeah I know dude, I'm just near 40 and would really like for there to be maybe an evening club or something like that

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Thursday, 28 March 2019 20:15 (two years ago) link

there are upscale events for that kinda stuff of the RBMA variety; i will certainly post here if she's in town, MA

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 28 March 2019 20:17 (two years ago) link

Next best thing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1yTIeANebtw

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Thursday, 28 March 2019 20:21 (two years ago) link

London has an afternoon/evening club that ends at 11pm now, I'm going to see Ben Klock there on Saturday and tbh I'm approaching even that with some trepidation at my age.

Matt DC, Thursday, 28 March 2019 21:28 (two years ago) link

she's so good live

ogmor, Friday, 29 March 2019 09:49 (two years ago) link

Really loving the DJ Kicks mix... It's worth noting that if you buy it from Bandcamp, besides the actual mixtape you'll get the original unmixed versions of all the tracks as a bonus! This is something they should with all mixtapes, IMO.

Tuomas, Friday, 29 March 2019 10:29 (two years ago) link

that's a really nice bonus

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Friday, 29 March 2019 12:06 (two years ago) link

This thing is unreal

cheese canopy (map), Sunday, 31 March 2019 07:41 (two years ago) link

It's worth noting that if you buy it from Bandcamp, besides the actual mixtape you'll get the original unmixed versions of all the tracks as a bonus!

damn was hoping the K&D DJ-Kicks got the same treatment but no. although now I want to buy it on vinyl which ... why. why would I want a mixed album over four sides. but i do.

lukas, Tuesday, 2 April 2019 06:45 (two years ago) link

full sub to the DJ Kicks Bandcamp is £85 for the year which gets you vinyl copies of each release as they come out, as well as streaming and d/ls and access to the archive of the last couple of years of releases. I signed up about a month ago.

Neil S, Tuesday, 2 April 2019 07:25 (two years ago) link

how many releases per year at that price?

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 2 April 2019 07:33 (two years ago) link

last year five, the year before that six, so I think you get pretty good value for money

Neil S, Tuesday, 2 April 2019 07:36 (two years ago) link

yeah, sounds it.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Tuesday, 2 April 2019 08:08 (two years ago) link

its the continuous mix on vinyl?

flopson, Tuesday, 2 April 2019 08:53 (two years ago) link

seems weird

flopson, Tuesday, 2 April 2019 08:53 (two years ago) link

not sure what lukas is referring to

both the k&d and laurel halo vinyl are unmixed tracks

https://www.discogs.com/Kruder-Dorfmeister-DJ-Kicks/release/110174

https://www.discogs.com/Laurel-Halo-DJ-Kicks/release/13390242

the late great, Tuesday, 2 April 2019 16:53 (two years ago) link

O!

lukas, Wednesday, 3 April 2019 12:40 (two years ago) link

I'm not trying to dampen anyone's enjoyment or taking anything away from LH, but while I enjoyed the mix, it didn't hit me as anything more special than a good mix? Idk, I hear really good mixes all the time these days (thanks to an overflow of sources like NTS, mix series from media outlets, other internet radio stations, etc).

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 3 April 2019 18:08 (two years ago) link

it's a good mix

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Wednesday, 3 April 2019 18:09 (two years ago) link

Yeah it feels like a good, slightly off-kilter mix but not radically better or worse than a lot of mixes you hear, including in the DJ Kicks series. I guess some of the comments on this thread are coming from people who don't listen to a lot of mixes but really engage with Laurel Halo as an artist? Which is fine, it's a very enjoyable and well put-together mix but I'm not quite feeling the rush.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 3 April 2019 18:32 (two years ago) link

i listen to most of the dj kicks series; this felt like a standout.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 3 April 2019 18:38 (two years ago) link

i would say on a technical mixing level good but not particularly special. on the other hand i think her selections are very very good. she has an ear for picking out weird tracks that sound good together. and a lot of the tracks on this were new to me, as were several of the artists, so there's that.

the late great, Wednesday, 3 April 2019 18:40 (two years ago) link

I definitely don't listen to tons of mixes these days, and I was quite surprised how much this one hits a sweet spot for me. I don't at all think she owns this sound and would love more recommendations of similar off-kilter techno mixes.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Wednesday, 3 April 2019 18:41 (two years ago) link

i listen to a lot of mixes and i think her selections for this have a wild and trippy energy with tons of enigmatic texture and the contrast between tracks is almost always unexpected and frankly bizarre in an electrifying way. i don't hear a lot of mixes that do that. also i don't even know what off-the-charts amazing technically great mixing would even sound like and don't much care to hear it if the selection isn't on par.

cheese canopy (map), Wednesday, 3 April 2019 18:56 (two years ago) link

a few of the tracks have like an art-punk punch that feels legitimately destabilizing to me in a dance mix. i mean maybe what i don't listen to 'enough' of or whatever is like cutting edge nihilistic bizarre exploratory dance music in which case i'm very grateful for this mix.

cheese canopy (map), Wednesday, 3 April 2019 19:00 (two years ago) link

a wild and trippy energy with tons of enigmatic texture

This nails exactly what I love about the mix. Reminds me a bit of Magda maybe.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Wednesday, 3 April 2019 19:00 (two years ago) link

That all makes sense. I definitely remember when it was hard to access mixes, and commercial mixes were my first exposure to anything of the sort. Maybe now that everything is so easily accessible, elevating a mix to release status comes with unfair expectations.

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 3 April 2019 19:09 (two years ago) link

yeah i mean the micro-math of multiple little niche market hype bubbles interacting with each other seems to determine who gets shine among a large number of competent to great djs these days and that can get tiring but i try not to care so much when there are so many opportunities to hear excellent and transporting mix experiences day to day.

cheese canopy (map), Wednesday, 3 April 2019 19:19 (two years ago) link

its a standout imo

flopson, Wednesday, 3 April 2019 19:41 (two years ago) link

a few of the tracks have like an art-punk punch that feels legitimately destabilizing to me in a dance mix. i mean maybe what i don't listen to 'enough' of or whatever is like cutting edge nihilistic bizarre exploratory dance music in which case i'm very grateful for this mix.

― cheese canopy (map), Wednesday, April 3, 2019 3:00 PM (forty minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

totally

flopson, Wednesday, 3 April 2019 19:45 (two years ago) link

I will say I think on a few listens I like the boiler room set posted above more than the DJ Kicks mix.

longtime caller, first time listener (man alive), Wednesday, 3 April 2019 19:48 (two years ago) link

i am listening to quarantine rn

it is the best album ever

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Saturday, 6 April 2019 05:43 (two years ago) link

five months pass...

That DJ Kicks mix is still great, it deserves more love

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Sunday, 22 September 2019 21:34 (two years ago) link

not that into DJ mixes in general, but I really like it

re-reading this thread makes me wonder what Ross is up to

Dan S, Sunday, 22 September 2019 22:24 (two years ago) link

hmmm I'm contemplating running a poll of her catalog.. I'm curious to see how that would turn out

josh az (2011nostalgia), Monday, 23 September 2019 03:44 (two years ago) link

(an album poll, that is, not a ballot poll)

josh az (2011nostalgia), Monday, 23 September 2019 03:45 (two years ago) link

I think I still like Hour Logic the most, because of my attachment to the experience of discovering her work at a time when it felt like it was making a novel and exciting step towards a kind of new idm-ish sound for the 2010s, and was its own thing, before that would become relatively commonplace in the following years.

ed.b, Monday, 23 September 2019 04:11 (two years ago) link

Quarantine. I'm still really amused how angry some people here got about that record.

kraudive, Monday, 23 September 2019 12:05 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

King Felix spring is still her best record and slept on so yeah...

― Ross, Wednesday, August 8, 2018 1:04 AM (three years ago) bookmarkflaglink

I just listened to this for the first time in years and it is incredible. Don't remember it hitting me so hard before. The drum programming is virtuosic, the samples and synths lush. All is well for the moment.

J. Sam, Monday, 10 January 2022 04:43 (one week ago) link


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