Emerging as one of the more intriguing experimental electronic musicians in the recent memory, Laurel Halo broke new musical ground with her 2012 album Quarantine. It was a cold, abrasive, meditative test in a new blend of music that was completely unique. It was easily my favourite album to come out last year and has since become one of my desert island albums. Late last year she also released 'Sunlight on the Faded', a single of similar dry vocals and erratic rhythms. She teased a 2013 release on her Twitter account, posting messages about heading to the studio and working on new music, hinting at further development into this territory.

Surprisingly though, her new EP for Hyperdub, Behind the Green Door, contains no vocals and is among the more club-ready material of her discography to date. It's more like her 2010 EP Hour Logic or her house side project King Felix: minimalist house music done in a very scientific way. What Behind the Green Door lacks in boundary-pushing experimentalism, it makes up for in wildly energetic and danceable electronic jams.

The EP's first single 'Throw' references classic house music through its repetitive piano hook, which plucks and bounces around keys that sound eerily out of tune. A thick, punchy bass is the keystone of this EP, making it the most accessible and celebratory music she's made to date. The next track, 'Uhffo', has a mind-pounding beat that calls to mind a more relaxed take on minimal hardstyle (I know I'm pushing the genres now). 'Noyfb' is the most Quarantine-like song on the album, yet still vocaless. The whirling bells and static glitches recall some of the more ambient songs from that record like 'Nerve' or something from her Antenna EP. There's a wet, squelching alarm that repeats throughout the song, like an ambulance stuck in a swamp that brings to mind the more nauseating emotions associated with Quarantine. The last track, 'Sexmission' features a whispering vocal sample and some of the airy, swirling synths that have become so characteristic of her music in past years.

The album at least references, if not directly borrows its title from a classic porn film called Behind the Green Door. For research purposes, I found a copy of the film and watched it to further gain insight into the inspiration for one of my favorite EPs of the year so far. It wasn't until the multi-colored, psychedelic, minutes-long money shot scene that I came to understand what porn and Laurel Halo could have in common. Through her last few releases Halo has successfully connected the computerized coldness of electronic music with the emotional energy of a real human's touch. It's the remedy to the musical uncanny valley. Considering Behind the Green Door feels like her most social and human music yet, gratuitous, explicit sex doesn't seem too different. A night spent listening to 'Sexmission' could be equally as satisfying as getting laid.