Between his early eccojams as Chuck Person and 2011’s Replica under his best known alias of Oneohtrix Point Never, Daniel Lopatin’s star has risen into a total change of tack with this return to those not-so-distant Chiptune revival days.
Except that in true OPN fashion, Lopatin does it better than most, with the surreal bounce of ‘Problem Areas’, taken from his forthcoming R Plus Seven album, out on Warp Records, September 30. Echoing the unsettling synthetic vocal samples and frenetic synthesis of James Ferraro’s Farside Virtual, Lopatin’s simulacra of our false utopias reach a new plane of the wonderfully weird, and slightly terrifying. **
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