This haunting sketch from the middle of Celestial Trax’s thrilling debut album is possibly his most affecting work yet. Abandoning the club for a beatless void, Not In Control is an icy blend of keening synth tones, dissociated organ and a simple, heartbreaking piano progression.
It’s topped off with a vocal sample whose words should be comforting – ‘just listen to me / everything going to be alright’ – but are pronounced in such an affectless tone that they only ramp up the uncanny atmosphere. The word ‘sad’ doesn’t quite work here. This music is wounded.