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ARTIST
TITLE
Lux
FORMAT
CD

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CATALOG #
HAH 001CD HAH 001CD
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RELEASE DATE
4/13/2010

This is the eagerly-anticipated third album from Glasgow's Alex Smoke on his own Hum+Haw imprint. On Lux, Smoke has expanded his studio to incorporate more hardware to fully push the parameters of his sound. Lux is the result of his hard work and delves into more abstract and experimental territory while retaining the melancholic musicality and cohesion of its predecessors. The development of his own Hum+Haw label has been pivotal in giving him the freedom and opportunity to realize his creative vision and to solidify his reputation as a true electronic music innovator. Since 2006's Paradolia, his approach to production has changed significantly and on this album he has devised his own techniques and programs for sound creation. Upon listening to Lux, this progression is evident, and he has crafted a consuming and haunting album that weaves modern classical harmonies with angular technoid rhythms and intricate electronic abstractions. The melancholic Smoke sound prevails throughout Lux and deep techno variants nestle alongside evocative electronica. Alex formulates a dense and original atmospheric piece that invades your soul and melts your mind. The tracks range from the introspective beauty of "Nothing Changes," "Physic" and "Filla" to growling floor fillers such as "Blingkered" and the mighty, orchestral "Paracelsus." The defining track "Lux+" is a next-level Alex Smoke production in which he twists and warps his own vocals beyond recognition. The result is an alien, scrambled lullaby that has been drowned in a miscreated voodoo pit of symphonic gloom. With Lux, Alex Smoke has achieved his most accomplished and forward-thinking work to date.