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One of the albums I’ve listened to the most so far this year is Much Less Normal, from Vancouver electronic musician LNRDCROY, aka Leonard Campbell. Originally released on Bandcamp and cassette in 2014, the album recently saw a vinyl reissue on Firecracker. I’m not sure if I’d technically count it as a 2015 release, since I heard and saw nothing about it last year, but it likely would have landed on my year-end top ten list for 2014 had I known about it. Pitched somewhere in between Mr. Fingers’s bargain-bin attempts at luxury, Aphex Twin’s hiss-filled techno flashbacks, Trax Records‘ protohouse music, and even Krautrock synth artists like Manuel Gottsching, Much Less Normal could be called derivative but not imitative, mostly because the melodies and dynamics are so strong that they’re undeniably the work of the same artist, albeit one well versed in electronic music’s 1980s-to-early-’90s heyday. Listen to the 1980s house-music throwback “Telegraph My Love (Live Mix),” today’s 12 O’Clock Track, below.