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Lone, the alias of Matt Cutler, takes a break with 2014’s Reality Testing. After years of crafting aggressive house tracks and dance-floor favorites, the native of Nottingham, England, returns with an album of mostly laid-back grooves that give permission to the feet to kick back and for the mind to space out and relax. Even the 2013 single “Airglow Fires” is hardly a workout. It centers on Cutler’s trademark off-kilter beats, but much of the sound is deliberately stripped down to feel unfinished. “Coincidences” follows and transforms from a lazy-day wandering into a sampled spoken-word piece with a slightly harder drive. “Restless City” adds a twisted gait to reflect the restless leg syndrome that anyone dancing to this album must feel. “Meeker Warm Energy” piles on the synths. “Begin to Begin” drops individual notes at random for a playful touch, while the orchestrated synths aim for an ominous feel. Even the elliptical “Vengeance Video” has a mildness that makes it more dizzying than angry.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Lone, the alias of Matt Cutler, takes a break with 2014’s Reality Testing. After years of crafting aggressive house tracks and dance-floor favorites, the native of Nottingham, England, returns with an album of mostly laid-back grooves that give permission to the feet to kick back and for the mind to space out and relax. Even the 2013 single “Airglow Fires” is hardly a workout. It centers on Cutler’s trademark off-kilter beats, but much of the sound is deliberately stripped down to feel unfinished. “Coincidences” follows and transforms from a lazy-day wandering into a sampled spoken-word piece with a slightly harder drive. “Restless City” adds a twisted gait to reflect the restless leg syndrome that anyone dancing to this album must feel. “Meeker Warm Energy” piles on the synths. “Begin to Begin” drops individual notes at random for a playful touch, while the orchestrated synths aim for an ominous feel. Even the elliptical “Vengeance Video” has a mildness that makes it more dizzying than angry.

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About Lone

The primary alias of Nottingham, England native Matt Cutler, Lone debuted in 2007 with a CD-R, Everything Is Changing Colour. A series of 2008 and 2009 releases -- Lemurian (Dealmaker), Cluster Dreams (Dealmaker), Ecstasy & Friends (Werk Discs), and Joyreel (Werk Discs) -- positioned Cutler's project as something of a midpoint between admitted inspirations Madlib and Boards of Canada, as the producer combined off-center hip-hop beats with wistful, dreamlike layers and melodies. While some tracks -- or sections of some tracks -- had dancefloor appeal, Cutler flipped a switch in 2010. The A-sides "Pineapple Crush" (Magic Wire) and "Once in a While" (Werk Discs), along with the full-length Emerald Fantasy Tracks (Magic Wire), retained the evocative feel of his earlier work while incorporating his affinity for early-'90s hardcore, house, and rave. The deeply indebted yet unique sound carried through the six-track Echolocations EP (R&S), then took a bit of a goofball turn on "All Those Weird Things," both of which were released in 2011. "Crystal Gardens 1991" previewed Galaxy Garden, a 2012 album for R&S. Another album for the Belgian label, the relatively downtempo Reality Testing, followed in 2014. Two years later, he explored his love of '90s jungle with the full-length Levitate. Cutler has also produced a handful of singles with Andy Hemsley as Kids in Tracksuits, and has released an album as one half of the duo Kona Triangle. ~ Andy Kellman

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