Returning to L.I.E.S having already created an occult fan base with his original 4 track white label release back in 2014, the Argentinian based NGLY is back with a full length offering, that we make certain won’t disappoint fans of his earlier releases, and will certainly hook more people in for the kill. Which, from our listening, would most certainly come via sinking in a bubbling vat of acid, left to brew for a little longer than necessary.
Cities of Illusion walks a fine line between many of the original strains of the electronic realm. With the elements all present and raring to be smacked about, used and brutally abused.
Opening with the roaring ‘Ideal Place’, an echoed out vocal booms inaudibly, before the kick bangs out incessantly against what sounds like a wall with nothing but bee hives hanging from it. Elsewhere on the LP, ‘Sidney Reilly & the Reillys’ is a proto house jam inflected with a post punk ethos as keen as Ian Curtis’s dancing. ‘Strange Expression’ offers up a blissfully light interlude, equipped with long strewn chords and spacious drum programming with an undercurrent of acid flowing through its main artery. It’s a wholly complete work from a label that still, nearly 80 releases deep is as consistent as it ever was.