Haon - Arad - EDLX.040
Over the years Electric Deluxe has become a beacon for established names to test out newÂ projects, and itâ€™s with great pleasure we welcome another unknown into the fold. Arad is the freshfacedÂ solo guise of Dara Smith, best known as one half of Lakker. Together with partner IanÂ McDonell, the pair have been making music for over a decade, in recent years honing theirÂ insidious and deftly idiosyncratic take on techno for labels like Blueprint, Stroboscopic ArtefactsÂ and R&S. But whilst McDonell has found the time to prune his own solo career as Eomac, SmithÂ has been fully occupied with Lakker and working as a motion graphics designer. Until now, that is.
â€˜Haon EPâ€™ is Smithâ€™s debut release as Arad. Bolstered by years of experimentation andÂ experience, and written with the same capricious approach to style thatâ€™s made Lakkerâ€™s rise suchÂ a joy to chart, â€˜Haon EPâ€™ is a veritable feast of intriguing composition and influences. Opening withÂ the aptly titled roller â€œBasswaveâ€ and screwed-up sounds of â€œFourty Fourâ€ before flipping over toÂ the staccato march of â€œGedup awa datâ€ and warped Warpness of closer â€œNCSâ€, â€˜Haon EPâ€™ is oneÂ for Â the headphones as much for the dancefloor, that continues to reward with every listen. DigitalÂ bonus tracks â€œGrand Jobâ€ and â€œTapperâ€ then show Smith take another turn entirely, proving AradÂ to be a project definitely worth keeping tabs on.