Chop — Illuminate
Studio wizard Chop pulls out all of the analogue stops on the Motorik highway to Cybotron by way of a Tangerine Dream on his debut album for Now-Again.
Since Mr. Chop’s debut EP for Now-Again in 2009, Lightworlds, the artist known to friends as Coz Littler has rid himself of the Mister and returns with renewed focus for his debut albumIlluminate known simply as Chop.
Illuminate is an album equally inspired by the retro-futurism of the still-sputtering 19th century power station in Northern Wales, across the estuary from Chop’s studio, the events of his life, and Chop’s collection of hip-hop, disco, new wave and minimal synth records. Unsurprisingly, Illuminate traverses a number of moods. Though it’s the most intellectual approach Chop has taken with his music to date, it retains a spontaneous feel throughout, and despite its technical accomplishments, Illuminate is Chop’s most intimate and personal album yet.