Jorge Velez returns to L.I.E.S. with his first effort since 2012’s Hassan LP. Through this six track LP we see the ultra versatile Velez weave seamlessly through numerous strains of electronics. From menacing drones to EBM influenced floor tracks to Sakamoto-esque melodic experiments, he creates an atmosphere equally suitable for home listening or adventurous club play. All of this very much reminding us of the days when Mute, Factory, Cherry Red, or Fetish Records were at their best.
This is the second release and second album for the Gilga series which seems to be proliferating on Felix K’s Hidden Hawaii label. The first LP came from Legowelt, last year’s uber-rare and slept-on Gilga 1, and for all we know Gilga 2 could come from the Dutchman too if we base our findings on the Danny Wolfers-esque track names. Synths and musicality play a big role right across Gilga 2 with dubsteppy drums and other elements effecting tracks like “Reversed Shell” and “These Are My Thoughts”, while there’s a Livity Sound-feel to “Purple Jude”. For something a littler deeper and rhythmic check out “Maschine Series” and “Slow Depression”, while “Harmony Korine (Happy Jungle mix)” ends the LP on a trippy note. Gilga 2 is intriguing machine-made music to say the least.