Lord Of The Isles – Parabolas Of Neon
Neil McDonald’s long-standing relationship with Firecracker boss Lindsay Todd – dating back a decade to their joint residency in Edinburgh – has seen Lord Of The Isles records appear on both UNTHANK and Shevchenko, whilst he also contributed to the Scotch and field recording shenanigans of 2016’s Mac-talla Nan Creag album. In early 2017, McDonald graduated to the main Firecracker label for this full Lord Of The Isles debut – Parabolas Of Neon.
Taking shape as a six-track 12′′ (it’s basically a mini-album), the record features glacial techno and downtempo, cinematic melancholia; a fitting tribute to peaks conquered, whisky-drenched travelogues, warehouse parties, long drives and fried afters. It’s also one of the finest releases 2017 had to offer – and one of our favourite releases from over the last few years. Sublime.
Lush silkscreened artwork by House Of Traps and Al White.