Published Oct 05, 2016The premise for composer-producer Adrian Younge's latest entry to his expanding musical canon, The Electronique Void, is presented as a lyrical thesis: "Love has no explanation: Serenity/All outcomes: Uncertainty." Younge's predilection for unbridled experimentation are represented across 10 tracks — he's using vintage electronic synthesizers here — that avoids EDM labelling by way of, in his own words, harkening back to the more fearless days of early synth movements.
This isn't what might be constituted as easy listening though — not by a long shot. Younge's compositions are appropriately challenging, subtextually dark and scholastically instructional. Indeed, Younge defines this project as an academic album, with tracks titled "Voltage Controlled Orgasms," "Suicidal Love" and the standout "Black Noise" acting as an electronic primer of sorts to guide modern lovers on the path to sensual enlightenment. Love, regardless of gender, is complicated; passion is not necessarily love, and the journey is the destination.
The truths here aren't quite mind-blowing, but The Electronique Void is sonically satisfying. (Linear Labs)