Los Angeles-based artist Mike Gao has come through with a phenomenal new project titled Human Recursion. He has released some of the most forward-thinking albums in the last decade or so, so coming into this album I was expecting nothing but crazy, eclectic production, and it is exactly what I got.
“Los Angeles 2046” kicks the album off with some futuristic, warped out electronic beat that’s off-kilter and manic. It really does sound like production from decades for now, and it’s exciting seeing producers being more daring with their music. Throughout the album we get some weird, eclectic and wildly experimental sounds such as on “Inhuman Technology,” with its heavy and wild beat arrangements and electronic effects that bring such a dystopian, futuristic tone to the music. It disorients you in the best possible way. The same can be said with tracks like “Complex Travel” and its wild, bass-heavy production, with suffocating samples and a tribal feel throughout. Tracks like “Reloccs” featuring Dilip, Othxllo and inimicvs and “Glamping” featuring Kilo Kish and Eureka The Butcher have slower paces, synth-heavy melodies with gorgeous vocals. “Doumi Rescue” featuring Slom is trap-influenced and has infectious grooves that just bring so much energy to the album. The way Mike Gao is able to experiment with sounds here is mesmeric, and this electronic, maddening album is one that completely took me by surprise.
Listen to Mike Gao’s excellent new album Human Recursion below via Bandcamp and don’t forget to support! Released via School of Names.