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Leon Vynehall delivers aural evolution on the unpredictable techno smash “Snakeskin ∞ Has-Been”

British producer Leon Vynehall recently shared a pair of excellent new tracks along with the news that his new album Rare, Forever is arriving at the end of April. Today he follows those up with another excellent cut from the forthcoming LP called “Snakeskin ∞ Has-Been”, about which he says:

“Over and over in a snake’s life it will molt and shed it’s old, outgrown skin. It does not grow with the size of the snake itself, and soon hinders its advancement, leaving the skin behind like a memory. An artefact of where it once was. I believe good artists do this too. It’s what I try to do with every record.”

Those who have followed Vynehall’s musical evolution since his breakthrough Music For The Uninvited will know that he first made his name producing delectable house cuts, but since then he has shifted into more abstract and unconventional realms. In a way, “Snakeskin ∞ Has-Been” seems like a riposte to those who want him to go back to making those floor-fillers, as it shows both that he’s still capable of making nightclub-ready tracks, but he’s not content to make just that. The new track has a core of exquisitely produced and hard-hitting techno, but is always ready to trip up any dancers by swerving away from the beat, incorporating industrial noise, or floating into cerebral asides. Vynehall wants to express his persona through his music, and “Snakeskin ∞ Has-Been” certainly possesses unexpected depths and tangents.

Leon Vynehall’s new album Rare, Forever arrives on April 30 via Ninja Tune (pre-order/save). You can find him on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.