Taking reference from the rave energy that has passed through decades of UK dance music and combining influences from harder, noisy, industrial tropes that carry a similar raw approach, Ploy (Timedance, Hessle) delivers his debut LP “Unlit Signals” for L.I.E.S. Records.
Across these eight tracks we move through contained intensity and stifling darkness met with flashes of light and space, reflective of the darker pockets of the grubby dance floors of which this record is aimed at.
This body of work represents the space Ploy has found himself occupying over the past couple of years, an injection of disheveled closing hours delirium, applied across a spectrum of bpm. Rhythmically taking influence from elements of broken beats, soundsystem music and organic percussion as opposed to a straighter Techno template, ‘Unlit Signals’ captures the visceral energy that is much needed and often missing in genres at the forefront of the dance music world.
More-so this LP is reflective of the grim state of current social climates, and the artist’s experiences looking for the darker, introspective ends when hitting the nightclubs. Heads down as opposed to hands up, Unlit Signals puts forth an ominous sonic dread that works the system with texture, low end and militant drum play. Similar to previous Ploy releases it’s nomadic in terms of styles and never really slots into one category easily, which ends up being the true beauty of “Unlit Signals”.