Lucy - Dyscamupia

  • Meditative techno with an unfortunate choice of vocals.
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  • As his peers go harder, Lucy stays deep. Dyscamupia, his new EP, is inspired by Albert Camus's 1942 existentialist novel The Stranger, a French classic that also inspired The Cure's first single. Like Robert Smith's band, Lucy focusses on the book's focal point, in which its protagonist commits a murder. Its spoken-word, first-person narrative is so bleak that it might ruin someone's night. Thankfully, though, the best thing about these tracks are their grooves. Best of all is the "Forward" version. Few dancers will likely experience the track at its original 120-BPM tempo, because its low-end is meaty enough to work during a set's more energetic moments. Its mood is classic Stroboscopic Artefacts, a label that's done more than most to showcase techno's psychedelic side. The "Paused" version is faster, but retains the heads-down atmosphere, with dub chords that seem to float in from another room. The "Backward" mix is even trippier, with squiggling textures and a breakdown gives way to an odd bleep melody. Lucy's production is as slick as ever, but any DJ who plays these disturbing vocals risks sending some poor dancer on a bad trip.
  • Tracklist
      A1 Dyscamupia (Forward) B1 Dyscamupia (Paused) B2 Dyscamupia (Backward)