“Stoplight” is the fourth installment in Audion’s tantalizingly slow showcase of his new tracks. And new it is—Audion has never been as spry as he is on “Stoplight,” which skips along like an adding machine in heat. Amid all the clicks and clatter, a bulbous bass melody lends a touch of funk, and Matthew Dear’s wild-eyed vocal sample sends tendrils of delay dancing into the night air. “Stoplight”’s relentless forward push barely provides any relief—halfway through, the bass drops out, only to come back in twice as strong. By the end, the hypnotic keyboards have faded, the beat sputters to a halt, and the listener is left in a spotty-eyed daze.
It’s been going on for more than a decade: Under cover of darkness, Matthew Dear slips out of his pop auteur guise and exorcises his demons on the dancefloor through an elusive alter-ego, Au...check out Audion's page and other releases