Luke Abbott: Modern Driveway (Notown)
The first of 2 new(ish) EPs from leftfield techno producer Abbott. This one came out several months back, but I missed it until recently. (I haven’t had a chance to check out his latest, which just got a release in the last couple of weeks.) “Modern Driveway” is straightforward but lovely, repetitive chords and dreamy leads moving in time with a four-to-the-floor beat. From there the sounds get more interesting — “Hand Drawn Maps” is woozier like his last full-length, with odd arps and leads intertwined. He has a knack for slightly detuned synths interacting with each other in unpredictable but totally satisfying ways, and this is such an example. “Ovals” is beatless and pastoral, drippy synths and drones forming a nice landscape, while “Carrage” is the other closest thing to a dancefloor jam. “Meeting Hill” is something of an island here, neither a dancefloor track nor ambient, but no less lovely, with a little tinge of Boards of Canada swoon to it.