Scarper :: Lacuna EP (Plexus)

The most enjoyable thing about this EP is not just the music but also just how fun it is. The recent Kettel album on Clone also inhabited a similar space—putting quirkiness back into electronic music.

Here’s a little gem that we missed back in 2016. Described by BBC 6 Music as “a modern day Jean Michel-Jarre“, London based producer Scarper pulls no IDM punches with a beautifully direct nod to classic melodic electronica. Much here is reminiscent of Planet Boelex—in particular the fine subdued remix from Jani R. Indeed, those cute chord progressions are almost Boards of Canada in their arrangement whilst lending careful accompaniment to playful pointillist percussion.

The most enjoyable thing about this EP is not just the music but also just how fun it is. The recent Kettel album on Clone also inhabited a similar space—putting quirkiness back into electronic music. Has this been missing a bit recently? Is there too much seriousness or are we just over thinking things? Either way, it’s especially encouraging to hear. Let’s hope for more across 2017. We should be in luck too as Scarper sees this EP as a precursor to a full album in 2017—something these ears are eagerly awaiting. Rounding the EP off is a remix from Pause—a big fat bass wobbler of a thing, upper frequencies punctured with coruscating melodies and as deftly sequenced as the rest of the EP. Solid stuff!

Lacuna is available on Plexus.

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