THUMP was recently lucky enough to catch Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith—one of the most intriguing, innovative, and endlessly exciting experimentally-leaning electronic music practitioners working today—in full flow at Braga's outstanding Semibreve festival. Her performance that night saw her performing EARS, one of this year's most hypnotically beguiling records, and was one of our favourite hours of 2016. If trippy, pulsating, Emeralds-on-speed swampy cosmic slop that comes slathered with vaseline-smeared-soft-focus vocals is your bag then, well, you've probably spent hours and hours and hours in Smith's fantastic company already.
If you haven't done that, we can't implore you strongly enough to take a listen to her remix of "Pale Blue Dot" by contemporary composer Roger Goula, whose latest release, Overview Effect, takes a long hard look at "the psychological shift in awareness reported by astronauts and cosmonauts while viewing the Earth from orbit, in transit between the Earth and the Moon, or from the lunar surface."
If that sounds at all appealing to you—and it probably should—then give Smith's ecstatic version of Goula's track a spin right now. This one's highly recommended for anyone out there who's really into the idea of getting locked in a planetarium at night on half a tab of acid.
Roger Goula's Overview Effect arrives on 9th of December via Cognitive Shift recordings.