Steven Warwick is releasing album MOI on Berlin’s PAN on November 8, with an exclusive stream of the LP premiering on AQNB today. The Berlin-based artist and producer officially switched from his Heatsick moniker with 2016’s Nadir, which opened up his approach and sound to a more ambient direction, along with a focus on vocals.
That concentration on Warwick’s lyrical cheek continues with the new record, where lead single ‘Open Fire Hydrant’ delivers the producer’s wicked social observations in devastating couplets over crunching, rhythmic garage percussion: “social interaction/ feels like a transaction” or “such a metrosexual/ more like heterosexual”.
Including titles like ‘Kaleidoscope’, ‘Consolatio’ and ‘Danke’ (featuring influential artist Josephine Pryde), the rest of the record carries on this impulse towards trend-busting both sonically and conceptually. That’s whether it’s in the lo-fi trance mimesis—along with trap-like clicks and syncopations—on ‘Salvation’, or the broken beats and synth sweep melodies of drum n bass revivalism in ‘Over There’.**