Deco Child - 'Pray' Out Now
Alex Lloyd was walking through Battersea one day, looking at the ground, when in front of him, scraped into the pavement with the edge of a coin, he saw the word, “PRAY”. As well as inspiring the track of the same name, it stands as a fitting metaphor for what the electronic musician does – scratching away at the edifices of recorded music to express emotion, exhilaration, devotion.
“Pray” itself is blessed with a swelling sense of euphoria, tinged with a wonder that reminds you of heart-quickening revelations made behind a 2 a.m. cigarette. "Nocturne" takes a different direction, Lloyd layering Ben Dodson's pristine vocals over delicate romantic piano before dropping a deep, dub-tinged groove which loses none of the earlier section’s emotional heft.
The original tracks get a diverse set of treatments at the hands of the remixers. Flipbook gives his collision of the two pieces a glitchy, housey shuffle, while Munchi pioneers an ambient Moombahton sound with his epic Destino Solitario mix of "Pray". The Crewdson mix of Nocturne, meanwhile, crawls with so much detail it sounds like a bare-knuckle boxing fight between centipedes.
With a strong focus on melody that places his sound in the company of Four Tet and Floating Points, his first release for Ninja Tune showcases the breadth and range of his musical referents and bodes well for his forthcoming debut album in 2012.