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Live Review: Luboku uncovers his vulnerable side with 'None Of You'

18 July 2018 | 10:41 am | Kyle Fensom

Luboku uncovers a more vulnerable side to his futuristic techno with 'None of You', a delicate ode to connection, loss and letting go

Melbourne producer LUBOKU has shared his latest single, ‘None of You’, putting his versatility on display whilst uncovering a more vulnerable side to his futuristic, dark take on techno in a delicate ode to connection, loss and the idea that sometimes the best thing you can do for someone you care about is to let them go.

Of the track, Luboku explains that: “I wrote ‘None of You’ during a period when I was trying to connect with someone who was going through a difficult time in their life. It’s one of the most personal tracks I’ve written - I found through that experience, sometimes that person you’re trying to connect with has to break away and focus on themselves to get better - ‘None of You’ is about that loss and struggle to connect.”

Compared to previous single, ‘Without You’, ‘None of You’ works with a more brooding melodic palette, building its sparse, fragile soundscape around tender piano chords, an airy backbeat, stylish guitar lines swirling in the background and the swelling harmonies of Luboku’s most straightforward vocal arrangement to date. Texturally speaking, Luboku’s production feels just as wonderfully organic and humane as ever, using atmosphere to allow the resonance of the track’s emotionality to draw itself out in the spaces in-between notes.

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Over soft piano chords and Luboku’s lilting croon ‘None of You’ ends in a moment, with some forlorn tape hiss, traffic passing outside, and a car door closing. When that door closes you’re left with acceptance, a graceful embrace of letting that someone go.

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