Daily Dose: ‘Child Of Rage’ by Oneohtrix Point Never

I think that Daniel Lopatin, or Oneohtrix Point Never as he trades under, is one of the more underrated players in the electronic music scene at the moment. I’m really enjoying his work right now, and while it’s certainly on the quirkier side of electro, there’s some good for all ears tracks like this one that really stand out as clever, interesting listens. The freestyle vibe is very evident here, but the lack of form or structure doesn’t take on a harshness akin to Squarepusher; instead it’s more like a soft caress through motion and a bizarre combination of jarring modulation and relaxing flow. That’s an odd description for a track called ‘Child Of Rage’, but that moniker appears to have originated from the documentary sampled within: Child of Rage: A Story of Abuse (1990, HBO), also sampled are ‘My Love Is Like a Red Red Rose’ by Michael Finnissy and ‘Cruel When Complete’ by Dome. Perhaps a more subdued rage, then, or simmering emotional anguish. I find it really gripping stuff, the sort of track I want to listen to again a few times just to remind myself how much good it does for one’s brain state, it really leaves me in a neutral, almost blissfull state after hearing it. Positive vibes, and all that. It’s taken from his seventh studio album, Garden of Delete (November 13, 2015) which isn’t one of his most critically acclaimed works, and had an odd promotional campaign, but don’t let that stop you if you like what you hear.

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