Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Lapalux - When You're Gone

(for AU) review of the new Lapalux EP on Brainfeeder

LA-based label/collective Brainfeeder seems like a perfect home for Essex producer Stuart Howard, aka Lapalux: his ear for grainy textures, manipulated samples and loosely hip-hop-influenced structures marks him out as a kindred spirit of sorts to the likes of Teebs and Matthewdavid. Painting aural pictures with exquisite detail, When You’re Gone (the follow-up to last year’s Many Faces Out Of Focus EP) is reminiscent of James Blake in its expert use of space in the mix as well as its soulful, yearning vocal snatches. Highlights include the laid-back groove of ‘Moments’ (featuring London vocalist and Throwing Snow collaborator Py), the lurching, colourful-but-disfigured arrangement of ‘Gone’ and the gentle ambient hum of ‘Face Down, Eyes Shut’.

Also, stream last year's similarly impressive Many Faces Out Of Focus EP: