Fervent followers of LPH will immediately recognize this record as the second from Berlin-by-way-of-London-by-way-of-L.A. producer, Urulu, to grace the label. (If you want to get technical, yes, the first did arrive via LPH WHITE, an LPH imprint.) Where Left Coast—an ode to Taylor Freels' home state—was all high-octane, jacked party-ignitors, its follow-up, the provocatively and aptly dubbed Moon Unit, is a spacier, loopier, and looser offering. The title track is a dense, syncopated, seven-minute-long jam that assuredly, confidently builds to an organic and euphoric climax, thanks to the live feel of the drums, the nuance of the bass, and the improvisational vibe of the arrangement as a whole. “Moon Unit” is, uniquely, equal parts peak hour decimator of dancefloors and music for, say, cross-country drives or 10K morning jogs.
“Sounds Like Sumo” feels like an epilogue of sorts. More noodling and melodious than the lead-in cut, “Sumo” finds Freels stretching out a bit. It's like a waltz composed by Esquivel for use on The Jetsons that's been edited and rejiggered for inclusion on this undeniably modern EP.
“Lunar Larry,” which kicks off the flip, is both the 12”'s most luscious and its most abstract. A fuzzy, woozy synth melody wafts through the whole thing. About halfway in, a theremin-esque line enters giving the entire piece a trippy, psychedelic tone. The record is concluded with Ben La Desh's remix of “Moon Unit,” which is especially propulsive and trackier than the original without feeling hollow or soulless. If the three songs that precede it are explorations through alien terrains in outer space, Ben's remix is the explosive return trek—via rocket ship, of course— back home.
Published: 8th May 2014