In summer last year, the extremely promising UK label Knives released "Assertion of a Surrounding Presence" by Kuedo, an EP so original, the world has yet to catch up. Fusing bursts of cacophonous drums redolent of trap and grime with abstract but beautiful synth arrangements, it sounded like a transmission from a a distant, dying planet. Who else but Planet Mu would snap up Kuedo for a full length and although, for the most part ,"Slow Knife" is a parsec or two away from "Assertion ...," particularly in its relative lack of gunfire drums, it's still a highly experimental work that will lead certain self-satisfied journalists to ignore its icy beauty ("Warmer Light" and "Halogen Light" for example fuse neo-classical strings and piano to caustic futuristic electronics) and label it, as they have with the work of Arca, Elysia Crampton, Lotic, et al as "conceptronica", a pejorative term which roughly translated means we can't slot it neatly into an existing genre pigeonhole, it's too listenable to be called experimental, so we'll invent a reason for its existence. Ignore these fuddy-duddys and listen to "Slow Knife" on its own terms, even though we may not be entirely sure what they are. Superb.
Favorite track: Warmer Light.