Release Date: Oct 20, 2017
Record label: Big Dada
Genre(s): Electronic, Experimental Electronic, Garage Rap/Grime
Two years after his incredible debut album, Safe, a boundary-pushing slab of experimental grime, South London's Visionist returned with Value, his first full-length for Big Dada. Having moved far beyond the club-focused sound of his earlier singles and EPs, Visionist uses the album format for intense self-examination, expressing all of his inner conflicts and struggles. His tracks typically feature tense synth pads and scattered, chirping voices, erupting into harsh, explosive rhythms that drill rather than simply pound.
Though he has roots in the U.K. grime scene, Louis Carnell's productions as Visionist have followed a singular path, responding to and charting an internal life rather than focusing on music for a club setting. That's been particularly true since his last full-length, 2015's Safe, which explored the arc of a panic attack, locating an agitated kind of beauty in sharp-edged vocal samples and tangles of chilly sound.