David Lettelier, or Kangding Ray as he is known in the techno community, has been a prolific producer and DJ for over a decade now, churning out releases on labels such as Raster-Noton, Hidden Hundred and Lucy’s Stroboscopic Artefacts.
It is on this latter imprint that he is now about to release his latest full-length album, HYPER OPAL MANTIS. This dance-floor approach to his sound is structured as a “triptych on 3 states of desire, following its primitive, emotional and destructive phases.” This release is the artist’s first LP on the label he has been associated with since 2012.
HYPER is the primal, sensual lust; OPAL is the emotional catharsis, a blissful desire for love; MANTIS, like the insect it refers to, is the destructive, fatal attraction.
This is Kangding Ray’s first true techno album, moving away from the five previous more experimentalist and minimal outings he has released on Raster-Noton. The switch to Stroboscopic Artefacts here is not a divorce from R-N by any means, but rather a search for the right imprint to put the stamp of approval on an album that strays away from Kangding Ray’s more expected productions.
The result is brilliant dance-floor ready work, as you can preview below.
You can pre-order the album, which is set to be released on vinyl, CD and digital formats this February 24th.
02. Lone Pyramids
04. Purple Phase
06. Soul Surfing
08. Onde Mantis
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