Heavy, mutilated strains of electronic music with influence from the sounds of Detroit, UK and Germany – Laurel Halo’s music is shapeshifting, moody and ecstatic. The Michigan-born and Berlin-based artist has been a mainstay of the London-based label Hyperdub, who released her breakout, divisive debut album Quarantine in 2012. Since then she’s released three more albums, a range of EP:s, several singles and done remix work for everyone from Perfume Genius to John Cale. Earlier this year, she put out her first commercial mix album for DJ-mix series DJ-Kicks.
Laurel Halo, real name Ina Cube, is an artist in constant motion who always challenges the musical ideals of the current day. “I just try to make work that is pleasurable, surprising, or confronting to myself” she told Subbacultcha last year. In this case it means electronic music that can be minimalistic, sometimes abstract, always strikingly beautiful and at times gets close to experimental pop.