Listen to the jungle-heavy new album from Awful Records polymath Ethereal, <em>Heat Death 2</em>

A key member of the Atlanta collective returns to his true passion.

Before impressing us with his production and rapping on efforts like Cactus Jack and Blackli$t, Ethereal favored sample-based loop constructions and hardcore continuum-facing experiments, both solo and as one half of Optimus Pikachu. When we spoke to him last year, he said he’d only make jungle and drum-and-bass if he could.

His latest effort, Heat Death 2, reveals what we’d get if he focused just on that corner of the production world: woozy, spaced-out electronic compositions that draw from the ‘nuum as well as instrumental hip-hop. The 11-track album includes a production by Optimus Pikachu (the skittering ‘Rings’), a collaboration with R&B vocalist Alexandria (‘Crunch’), a remix of Awful cut ‘Styx’ and particularly intergalactic jams like ‘Bizarro’.

Stream it below and buy it when it drops on Sunday via Bandcamp. For more on Ethereal and the rest of the Awful Records crew — one of 2014’s best labels — read our comprehensive feature.

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