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Review of Hologram Teen single Post Apocalypteacakes / Tracksuit Minotaur on Deep Distance

Hologram Teen has released a 2-track single on 7″ vinyl via London’s Deep Distance label. This is the solo electronic music project of Morgane Lhote, whose music can be described as ‘motorik disco’. This project was born in 2012 after a lengthy and colourful career in numerous other bands, including seminal band Stereolab.
The 2-track single has been released on a small London label called Deep Distance, the sister imprint of Great Pop Supplement. The first of these is more focused on releases in the kosmische / kraut / synth genres. Both labels are lovingly run from the corner of a Crouch-End kitchen and can proudly boast sold out back catalogues of stubbornly vinyl only releases. Great Pop Supplement is more known for its roster, which features Spacemen 3, Spectrum, Still Corners, Dean & Britta, Wooden Shjips, Damon & Naomi, The Soundcarriers, and more recently Eat Lights Become Lights.
To date, Deep Distance has released works by Expo 70, Colin Potter (Nurse With Wound), Cavern of Anti-Matter (the new project of Stereolab’s Tim Gane), XAM (new project of Hookworms’ Matthew Benn), Umberto, and Cosmic Ground.
Both tracks were written by Morgane Lhote and produced by Richard Bennett. ‘Post-Apocalypteacakes’ was mixed by Robert Fullum and mastered by Adam Gonsalves at Telegraph. ‘Tracksuit Minotaur’ was also mixed by Rich Bennett, and mastered by Justin Colletti, artwork by Alex Smith.
In the UK, the Hologram Teen 7″ vinyl is available through Norman Records, Rough Trade, Piccadilly Records, Hey Day Mailorder, Resident Records, and Covers33music online. In the EU, it is available through Clear Spot Distribution, Tommes Schallplatten, HHV Mailorder and Hafenschlammrecords, among others. Worldwide, it is also available directly from Deep Distance via email.
This is a great release, the songs are excellently arranged and produced with great use of contrasting or different elements. This gives them an eclectic feel but saying that they also have a great coherency and flow.
There’s a kind of brooding feel to the opening bassline leading into ethereal vocals then an edgy synth sound and background arp. There’s great changes in feel and momentum with variation in drumming patterns, arps and vocals. It has quite an eclectic sound with excellent arrangement and production.
Tracksuit Minotaur
This song has a great bass arp to open against a 4:4 kick rhythm with contrasting drumming patterns with a more breakbeat feel. There’s great layering of sounds and use of different elements. The synth gives an edge to the song and there’s a great solo with layered background sounds. I really like the use of Vocoder on the vocals too.
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