As Lord of the Isles, Neil McDonald has all the time made music that strikes an ideal steadiness between otherworldly and grounded, feeling concurrently legendary and pastoral. Cosmic disco and home synths and basslines fuse with heady, earthy grooves have served to make his tracks stand out in no matter set they might seem in whereas by no means feeling misplaced or brash. Listening to Lord of the Isles can, in the appropriate second, really feel as pure as respiration.
Albums like 2016’s ‘In Waves’ on ESP Institute and his breakthrough 2011 monitor ‘Ultraviolet’ showcase a producer whose versatility has by no means been on the expense of emotion. Thundering acid tracks soar to sprawling atmosphere and the impact is rarely misplaced.
More not too long ago, McDonald has ventured even additional into numerous territory. In 2015, he joined fellow Scots producers and sound artists Hoch Ma Toch (AKA Wounded Knee) and Other Lands to launch Mac-Talla Nan Creag’s debut LP on Firecracker Recordings. With one other album from the group launched this month, the mission has served as an enchanting experimental examination of Scottish historical past, geography and mythology by way of area recordings, conventional instrumentation, analog digital gear and the human voice. More on that beneath.
In July this yr, McDonald launched the ‘Infras’ EP on Maceo Plex’s Lone Romantic label and, in step with the sonic ethos of the imprint, produced his most electro leaning music thus far.
Ahead of his set for Audio Obscura at ADE with Mariel Ito, and Danny Daze, we caught up with one of many UK’s most understated and prolific producers as a part of our Podcast sequence. Serving up an hour lengthy mixture of club-ready home, electro and techno, it is a combine for all events and a worthy reminder of simply how very important a expertise this graphic designer turned musical visionary is.