For the first time since establishing the Kangding Ray project back in 2006, David Lettelier appears on the acclaimed Stroboscopic Artefacts imprint. The transfer seems to have inspired him artistically, too. While previous albums for Raster-Norton were principally concerned with blurring the boundaries between club-ready techno, off-kilter IDM and worthy experimentation, Hyper Opal Mantis looks much more closely at ghostly ambient, industrial and Electronic Body Music. Of course, while the influences may be broader, Lettellier's "high definition" approach to sound design and production is still present throughout. In other words, it's very much a Kangding Ray record, he's just moved the goalposts a bit.
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