L-Shape - Existential Imperative

  • Energizing electronics at the crossroads between modern classical and techno.
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  • David Hartmann's L-Shape project is all about sound design, from razor-edged digital shards to pillowy chords that that glimmer like mercury. His latest EP, Swarm, marks five years of London label Khemia records in fine, flashy style, and closing track "Existential Imperative" is an easy highlight. It gives you plenty of sounds to luxuriate in—pearlescent melodies, crunchy percussion that splinters on impact, looped and clipped voices—and builds beautifully, with a whiff of Max Cooper but a touch all its own. The way the beat first crash lands just after two minutes in is a feeling you'll want to replay over and over.