Tuesday, 6 August 2013

New Tracks: Oneohtrix Point Never- Problem Areas

"Problem Areas" is the first track to be released from Daniel Lopatin, aka Oneohtrix Point Never's upcoming full- length "R Plus Seven." I've been a big fan of almost everything Lopatin has released under his Oneohtrix guise, from the languorous, ambient jams of 2010's "Rifts" to the sample heavy, mathy grooves of 2012's "Replica", so naturally I was excited to hear this.

And what a pleasantry it is. Drumless but still fast- paced, "Problem Areas" is driven by a racy but beautifully warm looped synth melody, which is presently accompanied by a distinctly summery atmosphere. Heavenly female vocal samples are drenched in haze and looped into the mix at the midway point, and it ends with an orchestral undercurrent of brass and piano. Stylistically it returns to Lopatin's more organic approach that he endorsed on "Rifts", but it's narrowed down into 3 and a half minutes, making it intense and ensuring it doesn't out- stay it's welcome.

"R Plus Seven" is due to be released on the 29th of September via the legendary Warp Records.

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