Published Feb 15, 2017No Future, the sophomore LP from up-and-coming producer Moiré, firmly places him within the second wave of techno-revivalists. Taking cues from artists like Actress, Simian Mobile Disco and Theo Parrish, the Londoner has seemingly filtered Detroit's skeletal but groovy instrumental electronic beats through the soulful and grimy feel of his hometown peers.
Although he's released a number of 12-inch recordings over the past four years, Moiré comes off stronger and more confident as an album-based artist here, as his brand of ebb-and-flow melodies and echoing beats tend to develop and mutate. Through the effervescent synths of "Sequence 1, the chirruping bass of "Casual" and the charming vocal samples of "Opposites," Moiré possesses a certain buoyancy that keeps things simple and wide-open, never muddling his craft with a glut of ideas. But it's on quick-steppers like "Lost You" and "Bootleg" (featuring old school electro singer DRS), along with the minimal "Façade" (featuring spoken work artist James Massiah), that really show off Moiré's range, as he lays down backing tracks that come off surprisingly engrossing.
For an artist who's given his name such a despairing title, No Future shows Moiré at his most ambitious. (Ghostly International)