Spacey Basement Cult’s new release sees the Leeds trio continue down the experimental-wonk-pop rabbit hole. The tongue-in-cheek description on their Bandcamp (“chill beats you can’t study to”) is suggestive of the artistic milieu the group push off from, if not where they land.
There may be a quick nod to seminal electronica artists of the Warp era – at times Aphex Twin and at times Boards of Canada spring to mind – but on the whole, Spacey Basement Cult’s music achieves an originality that’s hard to find. It’s occasionally listenable, often unpredictable, and unmissably vital.
Perfectly capable of beautiful production, chill beats, big melodies, and all the things most people love, it’s clear that the Cult are aiming for something more. All that stuff is there – it’s just twisted up and warped, as if by the mind of, well – some charismatic and brilliant, yet ultimately unhinged cult.