Gabor Lazar: Unfold LP

Techno mutant Gábor Lázár morphs two-step and warped electropes with futuristic tension and torsion on Unfold, the Hungarian artist's first solo double LP for The Death Of Rave. The eight-track album follows a busy 2017 for Gábor in which he released Crisis Of Representation with Shelter Press (SHELTER 076CD/LP, 2017), heard his music played in numerous Aphex Twin live/DJ shows, and also toured the EU with Josh Eustis and Turk Dietrich's Second Woman -- an experience which fed directly into the sharper defined rhythms and plasmic mentasms of this album; arguably Gábor's definitive solo release. Kerning classic styles with devious ballistics according to a mutant syntax reflected in the LP's bespoke sleeve art, Gábor galvanizes his signature flux of zinging mentasms and hyper rhythms with a cyber-mongrel gnash in Unfold. Drawing from the deeply affective and rude ends of South Yorkshire, Detroit, and South London tech-nous for inspiration, Gábor consolidates their mutual aspects by trimming the excess and stressing the funkiest points of syncopation with razor sharp, inventive edits. Whilst instantly recognizable as Gábor's work, his grooves are more pronounced, and this time unusually riddled with melodic gestures that lead to moments of unexpected emotive relief. In the contemporary field, Unfold firmly lives up to comparison with the retro-futurism of Mark Fell's Sensate Focus, the advanced playfulness of Errorsmith's Superlative Fatigue (PAN 081LP), or the fluidly knotted syncopation of Jlin, but with a singular mesh of style and pattern that Gábor can patently declare his own. Gábor Lázár lives and works in Budapest. He self-released a split tape with Russell Haswell in 2013; then I.L.S. (2013), and Crisis Of Representation (2017), beside his EP16 (RAVE 006LP, 2014), and a collaboration with Mark Fell The Neurobiology of Moral Decision Making for The Death of Rave (RAVE 010LP, 2015), and remixes of Second Woman and Jesse Osborne Lintier & Grischa Lichtenberger. Gábor has toured his live show extensively in Europe, held artist residencies at HeK, Basel; EMS, Stockholm; and 4DSound Amsterdam, and was a SHAPE Platform Artist of 2017. Typeface design and layout by Daniel Kozma. Mastering and cut by Matt Colton at Alchemy.

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