Danish electronic artist Rumpistol, aka Jens B. Christiansen, releases his fourth and most ambitious album yet ï¿½ Floating ï¿½ a collaboration with LA based vocalist Red Baron that further explores the post dub-step vocal territories opened up on last yearï¿½s Talk To You EP. With tighter song structures, intimate lyrics and the Baronï¿½s ecstatic vocal projections, the two create a parallel world in which the domestic breakdowns of wintry Copenhagen are filtered through surreal sun-bleached Californian dreams, resulting in a robotic and a hypnagogic hybrid of soul.The sound, while still recognizably ï¿½Rumpistolï¿½ in its organically unstable clicks and gurgles, marks an evolution in Christiansenï¿½s thinking, shedding light on the interior landscapes of existential crisis and bliss that heï¿½s been essaying over the last ten years. The introduction of Red Baron does a great deal to carry this forward. Many of the tracks were written in partnership with the elusive vocalist on an almost subconscious level, through a process where different phrases were recorded until the atmosphere was properly expressed. Itï¿½s through the Baronï¿½s heavily processed voice, hovering between male and female timbres, that the ghost of American pop culture finds itself here too. In this way Grace Jones stands tall in a frozen stream on Iï¿½m Not Listening, Lionel Richie gets stuck in
traffic on a bad trip in Colors Breaking while Kanye pushes his auto-tuned bicycle through the blizzard of Floating.
But as the arctic arpeggiated synths let you know, the album is more about the future than any past, a future where Rumpistol and Red Baron dare to take current genres from the post dub-step and wonky scenes and defy them with the human voice for a dystopic soul music of their own.