After his debut 12inch on Werkdiscs comes Moiré's new 3-track 12" on Rush Hour.In February, ears were picked by the debut release from Moire, a mysterious producer hiding behind hypnotic visuals and a well-groomed cloak of anonymity. Now he’s ready to show his hand further with this second release, a three-track EP of what he proudly calls “London techno”.
You see, London means a lot to the man behind the Moire mask. While not a native Londoner, he is proud to call the city home. From the dazzling lights of the West End to the grey housing estates of East London, Moire has immersed himself in the city. You may spot him lurking in dimly lit basement spaces, documenting urban decay in Canning Town, admiring the city’s eclectic architecture or contemplating the ongoing gentrification of Brixton. That is, of course, if you can identify him.
“London,” he says matter-of-factly, “is so raw, yet so full of soul”. It’s a theme that he keeps returning to, and an aesthetic that sums up the City’s musical output. You can feel it in his new EP for Rush Hour, too, from the clattering, Tube-inspired rhythms and heart-aching chords of “Rolx” – a kind of West-East journey through subterranean London – to the intoxicating after-party pulse of “Don’t Get It”, where the city’s insomniacs gather to raise themselves to the rhythm one more time. Then there’s the tumbling, discordant chords, carefree melodies and intense rhythms of “Real Special”, a celebration of life on the city’s musical fringes.
This is Moire in a nutshell. There’s much more to the man – we’ve barely touched on his visual inspirations, and his love of the chaotic simplicity of moiré lines and patterns – but he’d rather leave it to the imagination. Not because of some high-minded desire to protect his anonymity at all costs (naturally, many are curious thanks to the runaway success of his “No Sleep” EP on Werkdiscs), or to simply keep us all guessing, but because it doesn’t matter. After all, it’s the music that matters.