12 Jan RELEASE | Lady Starlight – Choose
After early work with Lady Gaga, Lady Starlight immediately entered techno’s upper echelons playing live alongside Surgeon, earning the respect of one of the genre’s most legendary hard asses, no small feat for an artist only then emerging. Forming a strong alliance with Len Faki’s Figure reinforced her upward trajectory, so it’s with considerable stature we introduce ‘Choose’, her first full solo EP since 2020.
‘Choose’ makes its choice from the beginning when the mutated, squealing vocal sample and insistent percussion command dancers to the floor. She adds sophistication with melodic ideas, quick breakdowns, and constantly shifting drums, the instability maintaining momentum. ‘Permian-Triassic’ could refer to earlier eras of techno Lady Starlight seeks to bury, although droning pads poke out of her deep soundscapes like fossils from the 90s framed elegantly. Excited like its title, ‘In a Tizzy’ centers its nervous energy around a seesawing motif until it breaks apart halfway through, then rides it into oblivion on top of rapid-fire drum fills and a return of the theme. The title track closes in the darkest mode, its tricked-out breakbeat evading dancer’s expectations and the heavily-processed noises squalling in the background providing no respite.
RANT & RAVE RECORDS
An enigmatic new sound is oozing out of your speakers. Seemingly self-tasked with reviving the essence of the techno rave style, Rant & Rave Records presents the world with an updated vision that sounds exactly like it should. Based in Berlin, the techno epicenter, It’s a dangerous new label, unafraid to stir things up and break the rules. Run by Tresor resident and Sonic Groove recording artist Maedon, the label intends to inject some hard-hitting fun back into the techno underground.