After a brief hiatus from the Valby crew throughout 2019, label co-head and founder Louf (AKA Louis Fitton) returns with another introspective offering that’s full of substance and charm, in keeping with their evolving lineage of dreamy releases.
VR006 – Infinity Room – is politely introduced by the mellow, disintegrating tones of “Stilts”, a wavering foundation that echoes the marauding tape loops and clever amalgamation of textures that underpinned Huerco S’ 2016 release. The title track seems like a natural selection for the A2 slot, moving with a pace that compliments the opener, whilst bringing you back into the room, with a palpable bruised touch and intelligent percussive arrangements.
A3, “Lost Touch”, is a floating, inner-city hymn – a great soundtrack to your long bus ride home. Characterised by sweeping chords and more direct drum programming than its predecessor, it has a positive touch where “Infinity Room” has intellect and heartache.
Enter “Crossing” – a potent and fiery introduction to the flip-side. Driving subs and a pulsating, pounding kick are married to ethereal atmospherics and unique, brash percussive lines, provoking conflicting images of vast, natural expanses and a hazy, strobe-lit warehouse – it appears the main room was in mind here.
By contrast, “Early” is more subdued and thoughtful, featuring the most striking use of melody throughout the entire release, perhaps drawing on past influences from broader popular experimental works and alternative, indie groups. It’s a shame that these glistening ambient cuts are so short, as you could easily lose yourself in a handful of them over countless hours on a dark winter’s evening.
The closing track, “Cursor”, nods to the rolling blueprints laid down by second wave Detroit techno pioneers like Carl Craig and Underground Resistance, whilst beautifully showcasing the raw, esoteric UK sound that’s defined most Valby releases thus far.
All-in-all, it’s a solid entry from the Worldwide FM producer and London-city native, playfully drawing on a wide expanse of influences and further honing his craft. Gone are the haunting, Burial-esque vocal re-workings that featured heavily in Valby003 and 001, and where other past releases have perhaps explored bleaker themes, Infinity Room provides a subtle sense of optimism.