Plante MU / UK
Sónar by Day - SonarDôme by Red Bull Music
Claude Speeed’s music may seem a world apart from the sweaty basements and greasy pubs where Scottish teenagers pick up guitars to earn their first musical merits, but that’s exactly the music that Stuart Turner grew up with, listening to and playing in those bands himself. Now living in Berlin, and with releases on LuckyMe and Planet Mu, Speeed’s intricate ambient music reveals the artist’s Scottish roots, viewed at a hazy distance from his Berlin home - a series of memories of Glasgow’s experimental psychedelic underground, its DIY rock scene and defiant club hedonism. These genre relationships are blurred and at times they contrast with audible brutality, resulting in a hybrid, sculptured way of rendering music. His latest album with Planet Mu, Infinity Ultra, is an impressionistic burst of varied creativity, featuring shimmering VSTs, monolithic noise, euphoric blocks of colorful sound, trance stabs, towering drones, and skynet math rock – all rendered against cold, sinister space and nostalgic synth melodies.