13 Songs, 51 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Following much in the vein of his early EPs, Lapalux's debut album, Nostalchic, stays true to a certain "post-dubstep" zeitgeist—yet his measured use of space, acoustic samples, and jazz influences make for something that transcends mixtape culture. Perhaps most striking about Lapalux's sound is that every track seems to marry several different movements, often taking left turns into chord structure, atmosphere, tempo, or some combination thereof. But it should be said that this dynamism always feels inspired rather than frenetic; there are dazzling moments where these unexpected choices are like microscopic paradigm shifts in the sea of beat music. Fans of contemporaries like James Blake and Flying Lotus will find a welcome entry point with tracks like "Without You" and "Guuurl," and those familiar with 2012's When You're Gone EP will settle right in for the ride.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Following much in the vein of his early EPs, Lapalux's debut album, Nostalchic, stays true to a certain "post-dubstep" zeitgeist—yet his measured use of space, acoustic samples, and jazz influences make for something that transcends mixtape culture. Perhaps most striking about Lapalux's sound is that every track seems to marry several different movements, often taking left turns into chord structure, atmosphere, tempo, or some combination thereof. But it should be said that this dynamism always feels inspired rather than frenetic; there are dazzling moments where these unexpected choices are like microscopic paradigm shifts in the sea of beat music. Fans of contemporaries like James Blake and Flying Lotus will find a welcome entry point with tracks like "Without You" and "Guuurl," and those familiar with 2012's When You're Gone EP will settle right in for the ride.

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About Lapalux

Stuart Howard is an Essex-based bedroom producer who creates abstract electronic music as Lapalux, short for "Lap of Luxury." His work blends shifting, amorphous textures with stuttering, complex beats, and it's influenced by IDM and ambient as well as left-field hip-hop and contemporary R&B. Howard started his career releasing short cassettes, with 2008's Forest followed by Many Faces Out of Focus in 2011. The latter was an expressive ambient release that caught the ear of Flying Lotus at Brainfeeder Records, who signed Lapalux to his label for two EPs in 2012, Some Other Time and When You're Gone. The full-length Nostalchic followed in 2013, with a few non-album tracks appearing afterwards. Second proper album Lustmore, for which he collaborated with vocalists Andreya Triana and Szjerdene, was released in 2015. A darker, more experimental album titled Ruinism followed in 2017. ~ Jason Lymangrover

  • ORIGIN
    Essex, England

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