Selections: Lanark Artefax

Welcome back to Selections, a series of exclusive artist-curated Spotify playlists from those in the know.

Glasgow producer Lanark Artefax, real name Calum McRae, is one who you’ve most likely been acquainted with at some point, be it on the dancefloor, via a mix or through his ubiquitous track Touch Absence, released in 2017 on Nic Tasker’s Whities label. Pioneers, such as Aphex Twin and Björk, have given him the nod of approval with the inclusion of his material during their festival sets.

Known for his sublime, hypnotic creations that exist outside of traditional structures of electronic music, McRae’s singular sound is comprised of heavenly textures bolstered by IDM and techno.

He’s previously said in interviews that he once wanted to be a film composer, and this influence is explored in his exclusive playlist for Crack Magazine. Much like his character, he turns in a pensive list of selections that opens with a piano solo from award-winning composer Alexandre Desplat. It later descends into ominous, and eerie, atmospheres; sounds of scraping metals are balanced by a sense of fragility through piano-based tracks.

Hit the play button below for Björk, M.E.S.H., Broken Bone, JASSS and more.

Lanark Artefax plays Rewire Festival at The Hague, Netherlands, on 6-8 April