Emerging from an all-too-long nomadic hibernation, LA Priest returns with Gene, his second album.Â GeneÂ arrives five years after the iconoclast variously known as Sam Eastgate, Sam Dust and LA Priest thrilled the world with the cosmic pop of his debut albumÂ Inji, his first LP for Domino and his first solo output following the disbanding of former outfit, Late Of The Pier.Â GeneÂ also follows the 2016 project Soft Hair in which Sam teamed up with Connan Mockasin for an instant cult-classic album.Â Gene, the album, is named after a brand-new analogue drum machine Sam dreamt up and built alone. Working in isolation for more than two years in California, Wales and Englandâ€™s south coast, soldering iron in hand, Sam developed the inners ofÂ GeneÂ using dozens of electrical circuits he made up himself. The creation came after a search for an alternative to the structure and rigor of standard drum machines. Its unique rhythmic patterns are the focal point for the album, which is coloured by lush, pastoral tones, paired with the influence of his environmental changes.
The product of clear-eyed focus, the record offers a one-way ticket into a dimension entirely of Samâ€™s own making.Â GeneÂ is the most complete realisation of his vision yet. These songs are on a quest for meaning, exploring the limits of their makerâ€™s abilities. Coaxed into life with the juicy groove ofÂ Beginning, the record struts and sparkles throughÂ Rubber SkyÂ andÂ What MovesÂ towards the melancholic interlude ofÂ Sudden ThingÂ and the gigantic noise of centerpieceÂ Monochrome, taking a sharp turn in the final third towards something darker and more mystical.Â GeneÂ was produced alongside London based artist, producer, DJ and founder of Phantasy records, Erol Alkan.