Photo:  Alexander Nussbaumer

After serving as the force behind the Hercules & Love Affair outfit, Andy Butler has decided to step out on his own for his first solo effort, which will land via his own mr.intl in vinyl form later this month (with a digital release to follow in March). Now, having shared the record’s lead track, “You Can Shine,” back in January, XLR8R has gotten its hands on “Personality Track,” the forthcoming EP’s b-side cut.

“‘Personality Track’ was born out of the feeling I had from listening to my favorite Terence Dixon records,” Butler explains in an email “The quirky angular marimba line in particular was very inspired by some of his melodies. [I think] Dixon is a good representative of personality in techno, something missing in a lot of dance music today,” he continues. “I also love how early techno and industrial music had playful elements often, so I incorporated some of the techniques here (i.e. the found-sound and spoken-word samples and the super plucked-almost-slapped bassline).”

Butler’s “Personality Track” production can be streamed in full below before the artist’s debut solo EP lands in vinyl form on February 23 (and in digital form in March).