The Modern Love label’s latest release is Manchester’s Liam Morley and Dan Valentine, aka Rainer Veil. The duo waste little time in drawing us in – utilising the dark corners of Techno, blurring the lines with the ambience of drone and maintaining a pulse with trails of House and Dance. It opens with the title track, a heart attack rhythm and polluted atmosphere – yet the ethereal and yearning synths beneath the industrial breakdown creates a stunning juxtaposition of sound and sensory reaction.
Throughout the 5 tracks on offer here the music mutates into various guises, Wade In feels like an echo of lost spirits within the modern wave of R&B and two-step, while Yield ventures further into desolation row.
It’s rare to find such human fragility within the run of digits and wiring that construct electronic music – yet that is exactly what Rainer Veil have done on Struck. Their debut for Modern Love is quite simply stunning – and we want more.