But where Ion as a whole really shines, in its quietly glowing way, is in showcasing the album-spanning range of Lawrence’s minimal-yet-full production touch, a quality not as discernible in its original 12" installments. Certainly a bedroom producer-student of early Brain Eno, and not too far from the Plastikman effects-rack experiments of Consumed, Lawrence is the missing link between Detroit’s third wave and techno’s outward-not-upward future. More importantly, he makes music you can listen to an album’s worth at a time and don’t have to be a DJ to appreciate. Destined for late night play on WDET, and proud of it.
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