Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past month (which is not altogether impossible anymore in light of current COVID events), you’ll know that Audio released his [unsocial] LP on RAM records on November 26, with a massive album release party the night before at Boxpark Wembley, London. With this being easily one of the best albums of 2021/2022 and Audio’s admitted personal favorite to-date, many fans outside of the UK were gnashing their teeth at not being able to go and witness [unsocial] in a social setting. Luckily one of the teeth-gnashers happens to be the person writing this article, who would not rest until we got the set.
[unsocial] may feel like a novelty as a full-length and quite concept heavy album from Audio, but the tattooed tech genius historically has been quite a fan of long play. [unsocial] is his second solo album with RAM and fifth overall. There’s been a bit of an LP gap since 2016’s epic Beastmode, but that doesn’t mean there was a lack of Audio audio in that time: he launched the now infamous and award-winning Snake Pit Records imprint and was busy with Killbox, his ongoing project with Ed Rush, among other things.
The silver lining with 2020 and 2021 is busy touring artists like Audio suddenly say a lot of extra time on their hands, so some of D&B’s most epic LPs have been raining down on the scene like a torrent. Conflict plus time equals amazing art, and [unsocial] is no exception. Emotive, cinematic, drone-inspired and larger than life, Audio’s said on many occasions that this was his most personal offering to-date and it shows. From the desolate and heart-rending yet still dance-worthy vibes of opening track “Tundra” to the sleepy snares and vox of “Fool’s Paradise” to the big beats of “Omega” and “Feral” that will make dancefloors go, well, feral, Audio really put it all out there on [unsocial], and while it may not have been a hundred percent about lockdown, he certainly did an amazing job capturing how so many of us were feeling during this period.
The guest mix is Audio’s set in its entirety from the album launch event, MCs and crowd noise included. It’s always great to hear how an artist will mix their own work, and the way Audio’s done it at this event not only shows [unsocial] in a new light but it really captures the passion and feeling of the album in real time. If this mi doesn’t get you amped up, you might want to check your pulse because it’s certainly not beating at 174.
The [unsocial] album, this mix and indeed the whole event at Boxpark are thus a celebration; not just of making it through COVID, but really the triumph of the human spirit, the strength we all have and the paramount importance of art to get us through. Let’s make sure we take care of our artists, because they’re certainly giving everything in these crazy times. At shows or stuck in [unsocial] lockdown, we owe them at least that much.
[unsocial] is out now and can be streamed or purchased on multiple platforms here. Now the reward for all your scrolling, check out “Proton”, dropping with RAM’s 2021 annual on Friday, December 17.
This article was first published on Your EDM. Source: Your EDM Guest Mix Exclusive AND Premiere: Audio Releases His Set From the [unsocial] Album Release Party Plus a New Track [RAM]