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’.