LA-4A is an alias of Ambivalent, who is known as Kevin McHugh in his daily life. His label Delft is an imprint which acts as a publishing house – releasing musicians’ works as books – every release is a story, a journey, a metaphor.
Delft lists producers, who are creating the “roots techno”, as McHugh himself puts it. Matrixxman, Alden Tyrell, Vin Sol, Vernon Felicity, La-4a and Ambivalent are the names, listed on label’s Discogs profile. Every release is met by critical acclaim, which is only logic considering the high standarts McHugh sets for his own and other artists’ releases.
The new McHugh album – the first one under the alias LA-4A is a metaphorical journey through the years of musical experience, which has gained it’s twist when McHugh witnessed the Fugazi, the post-hardcore group from Washington, playing live. It was due in May, but we are happy to find out that it is coming sooner.
The name of the album – Phonautograph – is inspired by the first-ever recording device. The cover art is a hand-drawn still from Stanley Kubricks “2001: A Space Odyssey” by DL Alvarez.
The 9-track LP features shivering futuristic throbbing beatless entering, which promises an intense immersion into the depths of LA-4A’s imagination, which takes him back and forth in years of music. Struck by a wave of techno, you will be carried by a wave of broken beats to an acidic dream, which will push you out into a tribal exorcism. What next? Listen to the snippets.