//photo by kit crenshaw
Lazer Sword’s self-titled debut album was largely underwhelming to me. It wasn’t bad, but it was “Glitch-by-numbers” and felt more like a re-hash of well-worn concepts that had already been extensively explored. I was pleasantly surprised to hear a real change of pace on the second record, and the new blend of styles is pretty incredible. Maybe it took them signing to Modeselektor’s Monkeytown label, or one of the dudes moving to Berlin, but the duo is embracing a much more minimal, atmospheric sound that sounds a lot more natural and a hell of a lot more interesting.
They still draw heavily from genres and synthesizers from the past, but the blend sounds authentic and easy. 808 and 909 drum machines give everything a classic 90′s feel, there’s hints of Acid House, some Juke rhythm, and Detroit Techno holding the whole thing down. It’s the kind of thing that could fit into a set after a classic Carl Craig and blend perfectly into some 70′s Kraftwerk. If that last line doesn’t sell you on this, I don’t think we can be friends!