The week’s best new electronic music, plus an interview with genre-blurring Irish duo Lakker about their vocal-driven new album, Época.
Dara Smith and Ian McDonnell have been working together for the better part of two decades, and for much of that time, journalists have been fixated on contextualizing their music in terms of its relationship to techno. And while some early Lakker records did arrive on stalwart techno imprints like Killekill, Blueprint and Stroboscopic Artefacts, the pair has long since transcended the genre. Since 2014, the bulk of their emotive, widescreen creations have surfaced via the legendary R&S imprint, and they’ve returned to the label once again with a new LP, Época. Smith and McDonnell discuss the narrative threads within the record and shed light on the decision to push their own vocals to the forefront for the first time. Elsewhere, host Shawn Reynaldo runs through all of the week’s best new electronic offerings, and also presents an exclusive premiere of a track from Sage Caswell off his upcoming album for 2MR.