Somno - Last Step - Sleep (2012, Planet Mu)
"Sleep are tunes I recorded while falling asleep. These tracks are really different for me, really mellow and dreamy, that nice comfortable feeling when you’re falling asleep. Feels pointless to describe it, that feeling, there really shouldn’t be words for that state, so I describe the process a little instead. For awhile, when I was really tired and ready to go to bed instead of going to sleep I would make a tune. Get some stuff going on my sequencers, drum machines, patch up my modular and just jam it. Would fall asleep alot listening to the sequences, few seconds of sleep or a few minutes, wake up in it. This is what I sound like in my sleep."
Released under the alias of Last Step, Sleep is the latest album from the prolific producer Aaron Funk, an artist you may know better under his breakcore guise Venetian Snares. However, although there are definitely echoes of his most well-known musical incarnation here, this record ends up being an entirely different beast. The whole album is tied together by a fascinating concept— it was produced while the artist was slipping in and out of sleep. At times it echoes a woozy Plastikman, or a less frenetic Aphex Twin, but in the end it’s a highly individual, “eminently relistenable” album of experimental house music, and a laudable musical lane change for Aaron Funk.