Lone‘s got a new album Levitate on the way in April, and the record seems to be a return to his older works based on the sound of “Backtail Was Heavy.” While his previous LP, Reality Testing, cribbed more from the breezy, boom bap beats of ’90s hip-hop, the new single has the producer going back to the more speedy underground rave music of that same decade — something like what he explored in Emerald Fantasy Tracks in 2010. The drums may kick faster, but what remains is his ear for candy-sweet synths. The aggressive, jungle-inspired parts pack a punch, but it’s the final quiet moments when the synths swell and shine that prove the most memorable.
Levitate is out May 27th via R&S Records. Watch the dramatic video for “Backtail Was Heavy” below.