Premiere: Stream Kangding Ray’s New Album on Stroboscopic Artefacts
'HYPER OPAL MANTIS' drops on February 24.
The LP will be the French techno artist’s first album for Stroboscopic Artefacts and follows 2015’s brilliantly formed Cory Arcane and 2014’s Stolen Arc—both released via regular label home Raster-Noton. Across its 10 tracks, the album focuses on three states of desire: “HYPER is the primal, sensual lust; OPAL is the emotional catharsis, a blissful desire for love; MANTIS, like the insect it refers to, is the destructive, fatal attraction.” Although more techno-focused than his previous releases, HYPER OPAL MANTIS still manages to touch on experimental pastures—think industrial, noise, and atmospheric ambient—with surgical precision.
Like most of Kangding Ray’s work, there’s deep thought behind the work, this time: “navigating a world of engineered pleasures, big data monitoring of movements and consumption habits, and representations of reality that falsely claim objectivity, further blurred by reduced attention spans and several opaque layers of cultural interpretation and political manipulation.”
Alongside the release, Kangding Ray has announced a string of US tour dates, available below with a full stream of the album.
March 10 – Los Angeles, Vayu Sound one year anniversary
March 11 – Portland, Subsensory
March 16 – Seattle, Kremwerk
March 17 – Toronto, Mecca
March 18 – NYC, Output