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Scottish producer Alex Smoke has unveiled plans for a new studio album under his Wraetlic moniker.

No stranger to this website, Alex Smoke has been pushing boundaries for some time now. Yet the Scottish producer never allows himself to rest on his laurels, continually launching himself into fresh projects on a near weekly basis.

Recently unveiling his Wraetlic moniker - meaning "Wraith-like" in Anglo Saxon - Alex Smoke seems to be working at the more bass heavy end of the spectrum. Those trademark techno flourishes are still there, though, with Wraetlic boasting a heavy Basic Channel feel, while also nodding towards the producer's other projects including classical work with The Scottish Ensemble.

Completing work on a new album, the Wraetlic project will reach long form early next year. Self-titled, the album will be released on February 4th and finds the producer seething at the essential emptiness which sits at the hearts of so much Western culture.

“I’m fascinated by the sense of separation between ourselves and society" he mused recently, "and a sense that it doesn't represent us … there’s also a more personal strand to do with my own relationships.”

Ahead of the album's release, ClashMusic has been granted a special preview. Wraetlic track 'Rats' has been given the video treatment by visual artist Vokoi, who has forged an ongoing partnership with the Scottish producer.

Watch 'Rats' below.

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'Wraetlic' is set to be released on February 4th. 'Rats' will be available on ten inch vinyl from December 17th.


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