The Cyclist, “Hot House”

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“Hot House” is the title track off of The Cyclist‘s forthcoming EP, a follow-up to last year’s Flourish. Further developing his take on analogue house, here dubbed “tape throb,” which he began working with on 2013’s stellar Bones in Motion, The Cyclist creates melodic house made gritty with lo-fi, sometimes busted, hardware. “Hot House” could be a play on house music’s purported reputation as cold and emotionless: The Cyclist, born Andrew Morrisson, makes this mission statement overt through a blurb on his Soundcloud that describes tape throb as an, “Attempt to get to a time in electronic music where everything sounds warmer, drawing inspiration from New Order, Throbbing Gristle’s dancier excursions and “Geogaddi” by Boards of Canada.” The “Hot House” video is a visual riff on Morrisson’s nostalgic musical themes, processing club footage through layers of filters and distortion, abstracting the dancers until they are effectively formless fields of color pulsing in time to amorphous vocal loops and absorbing beats.

Hot House is out April 6 on 12-inch and digital download by UK label music/is/for/losers and on cassette tape in North America by 100% Silk.