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Makeness disintegrates the Scottish highlands with hard-hitting techno-inspired "Laca"

12 November 2015, 09:45 | Written by The Line of Best Fit

Makeness combines spooky atmospherics with steely techno-like beats on incredible new track, "Laca".

The electronic soloist - who's been compared to the likes of Jon Hopkins - comes from the open hills of Scotland where he's said to have drawn on a passion for Afrobeat, New Wave, Folk Music and Detroit Techno – from the wilderness' unique vantage point.

Here Makeness explains how new song "Laca" came together:

"The B-side was initially meant to be a remix of Rogue that I asked Dan Jacobs to have a go at. He came back with this intense drum machine jam that I thought was actually a whole new vibe so I suggested we work on couple of tracks together for it.

"We had some time in a studio in Bristol in between rehearsals with Glad Hand and recorded one huge take of live drums and bass and worked it into the two tracks 'Laca' and 'Langa'. I'm very happy Dan is going to be behind the kit for live, rehearsals are a lot of fun at the moment!"

Makeness' previous release, "Rogue", has a video that also brings some of the aforementioned Jon Hopkins to mind ("Open Eye Signal"). The visuals though are a bit spookier and more desolate. It's also only recorded at nightime, and has an edit which makes it seem like the camera was malfunctioning. It captures the track's confliction well and is just about different enough from Hopkins' to confuse us as to whether it's purposefully subverting its content or not - and that's no bad thing. You can watch the video for "Rogue" below.

If you can't wait for Makeness' releases like us then, no worries; he makes sonic waves further south at Jungle's-curated warehouse project date (alongside John Talabot, LA Priest, Nao and Leon Vynehall) at Manchester's Warehouse Proect on 18 December.

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