LA-based electronic producer DUCKY (aka Morgan Neiman) has dropped an ethereal new three-track EP, Lost Angeles, through Skrillex's free label NEST HQ. "Rain Dance," the entrancing track found at the center of the ambient techno house release, premiered last week on Anna Lunoe's Beats 1 show. The entire EP is available to stream or download (for free!) now on NEST HQ's website; give it a listen below.
Lost Angeles is far from DUCKY's debut effort. As NEST HQ notes in an introduction to an interview with the artist, the native San Franciscan "got her start in music production as part of an 8th grade class project. A few years later she became further immersed in dance culture, working the door and DJing a local club with the help of a fake ID. At age 17 she dropped out of high school and began studying at NYU where she earned her BFA in recorded music with a minor in mathematics." In the interview, DUCKY reveals that she was even something of a MySpace star.
Lost Angeles follows close behind the release of another EP, You On Top, which came out via the Parisian imprint B.YRSELF back in June. The entirety of that EP as well as some sweet remixes is available to stream via the artist's Soundcloud. The EP's fourth track, the haunting, hip-hop paced "22 Years," stands out in particular. Featuring DUCKY's vocal repetition of "I can do it myself; can you do it by yourself?" the track is about more than the newfound-independence that comes with turning 22--the empowering refrain might go as far as to embody the artist's ethos. Judging by her bio on just about every social media platform that states "YES I PRODUCED IT," the female producer in the male-dominated world of electronic music probably has to tell people she can indeed do it all on her own. Listen to "22 Years" below.
When You On Top dropped, DUCKY reportedly told Noisey "I think I've managed to carve out a sound that is distinctly mine, and I'm really proud of that." Merely a few months later, Lost Angeles shows just how versatile the producer can be, bouncing between club tracks, weird experimental ambient tunes, and pop songs, sometimes all within a single track. Following a recent move back to California, she continues to cultivate her sonic palate with a number of simultaneous projects including her "Rave Toolz" series (she posts free downloads on her Soundcloud every Friday) as well as her KnightWerk Radio show she co-hosts with SUSPECT BITCH every Wednesday night via SubFM.