- Release Date 2017-05-19
- Label Stroboscopic Artefacts
- Catalog SA030
For those who are still skeptical about the liberating abilities of electronic dance music, this new entry in SA's respected catalog will serve as a potent reminder of why this essential style has continued to evolve and thrive while transient gimmicks crumble around it. Lady Starlight's expert control of sound extremes (something she has clearly picked up during her personal education in diverse musical genres) colors each of the four EP tracks with infectious enthusiasm. Like some of the best techno music in that vein, the four tracks on display here are hard-hitting and authoritative, with moments of tension release that have the precision of an atomic clock. At the same time, though, these cuts are full of smoothly subtle transitions, and their overall heaviness and density actually helps the spirit and imagination to soar freely.
Beginning immediately with the relentless cycling beat and echoing synth stabs of ''E12'', the atmosphere and psychic energy of a peak hour rave is never far away: listeners may see intense coherent beams of light flaring all around regardless of where they find themselves. This aesthetic carries over into ''E3.2,'' another take on similar themes but with progressively more hypnotic simplicity and beneficial pressure. ''E2.2'' is built on a less rough-edged, shinier set of bouncing and panning synth hits, which achieve maximum mesmerizing potential when they begin to play forwards and backwards while slightly out of phase with each other. As ever, the body-massaging bass and whip-crack accents of the percussion section swell and expand into every corner of the sound space. Just when it seems like things might cool off, a little, though, Lady Starlight unleashes full-spectrum audio warfare with ''F8,'' a seamless interlocking of industrial clang and 16th-note percussion hits with the basic elements used for the previous three tracks. If listeners' pulse hasn't picked up by the time this impressive finale commences in earnest, it may be time to call for emergency services.