LoneLady, or Julie Campbell to her mum, is Warp Records’ latest bright hope and a solo Mancunian with a debt to her home city.

Her debut album is built from the monochrome, sparse bricks of
Manchester’s Factory Records,

with echoes of New Order and A Certain Ratio, and also from the
one-finger riffs of early 90’s Manc electro.

Instrumentally, it’s a Spartan record (most tracks feature just drum machine and solo guitar) and Campbell’s vocal frostiness

makes her very difficult to love initially.

But what at first appears to be all spike and guardedness – the skittering, clipped singing, the arid production, the mechanical

percussion – becomes strangely muscular and warm over time.

Like ‘The XX’ last year, ‘Nerve Up’ is a record that only improves with
repeated listens.

It may only be February, but it could well be the sleeper hit of 2010

He begins to jot down a diagram on a piece of paper to explain the
maths of it all and begins to go into detail of the generative process but
soon cuts himself off.

“It sounds much more boring than it actually is, it’s very thrilling,” he says with an air of excitement in his voice.

I ask if the essentially infinite possibilities that generative music can create is where the thrill lies. “Yes.

It’s this very nice combination of making something…” he stops himself and sparks up an analogy,

which I soon find out he does quite frequently.

“It’s a little bit like gardening – I always say the difference between classical and contemporary music is the difference between architecture and gardening.

With architecture you know in advance what you’re going to get, you specify.

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