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Lone, aka Matt Cutler, has always had something of a jazz musician's feel for rhythm. His tracks aren't straight-up floor-fillers, but they won't tie you in knots either. Instead, they swing at an easy pace, baiting you into motion with lush neon textures and hooky melodies. This sort of music can sometimes find itself on the boundary of the danceable and not, of individual and club listening. But so far, Cutler has walked that line adroitly, and Reality Testing is another hefty testament to his reputation as a stellar producer.

Unsurprisingly, last year's six-minute masterpiece 'Airglow Fires' and its B-Side 'Begin to Begin' are placed at the heart of the album, showcasing a Jon Hopkins-esque skill for making repetition enjoyable. Both are airy and agile, dealing in the aforementioned jazzy rhythms, and sitting pretty in an album of similarly upbeat, energetic, polyphonic dance music. However, the linearity of 'Airglow Fires' seems to be an exception here - Reality Testing sees a Cutler much more willing to chop and change. At times he does so with such subtlety you might barely figure the textures shifting, whilst at others it's marked. 'Restless City', for example, has a percussive intro just long enough to pull you under, before a quivering, almost comical, but incredibly catchy synth line kicks in, and then the vocals: "When I say real, I mean reality real. I mean real real life."

It's a sign of confidence that he's willing to change tack so regularly, and the album feels all the more lively because of it. Voices fade in for brief snippets, only to disappear into Cutler's swimming layers of sound. There are moments of ethereal angelic chants, or twinkling, and there's even a small spoken word interlude layered under the warm tones of 'Stuck'. 2 is 8', with its shouting children sample and brassy swagger, feels like an older hip-hop instrumental daubed in synth; 'Coincidences' also has the cadence of hip-hop.

It's this widening of scope, combined with such a strong sense of identity, which makes Reality Testing tick over beautifully. That it still has the slightly fantastic, over-saturated colour of Galaxy Garden, whilst introducing an even broader range of influences - hip-hop, house, techno and more (lounge anyone?) are present - speaks volumes not only of Cutler's raw talent, which was never in doubt, but of a newfound ambition to match it.

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