As Lord of the Isles, Neil McDonald has all the time made music that strikes an ideal stability 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 could seem in whereas by no means feeling misplaced or brash. Listening to Lord of the Isles can, in the precise second, really feel as pure as respiratory.
Albums like 2016’s ‘In Waves’ on ESP Institute and his breakthrough 2011 observe ‘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 just lately, 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 challenge has served as a captivating experimental examination of Scottish historical past, geography and mythology by means of area recordings, conventional instrumentation, analog digital gear and the human voice. More on that under.
In July this yr, McDonald launched the ‘Infras’ EP on Maceo Plex’s Lone Romantic label and, in line with the sonic ethos of the imprint, produced his most electro leaning music up to now.
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, this can be a combine for all events and a worthy reminder of simply how important a expertise this graphic designer turned musical visionary is.