Alex Smoke returns with the release of >Lux<, his eagerly anticipated third album on his own Hum+Haw imprint. 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.
Alex Smoke returns with the release of ‘Lux’, his eagerly anticipated third album on his own Hum+Haw imprint. It has been almost four years since the release of ‘Paradolia’ and in this time Alex 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 whilst 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 realise his creative vision and to solidify his reputation as a true electronic music innovator. Since ‘Paradolia’ his approach to production has changed significantly and on ‘Lux’ 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. Alex continues to be active in classical production realm and recently composed the entirely orchestral piece ‘Akesis’ for the renowned Scottish Ensemble. He is currently working on a new project with them at the moment. 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 title 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. (added: 2010-05-11 14:21:54 )