The Mist is the new LP of instrumental hip-hop from Spaniard Lost Twin. Like the upside to some Flylo DMT trip, this is dreamy, hallucinogenic stuff. Think pitch-shift vocal snips and luscious synth washes. Think total chill. Highly limited to 300 copies on wax, which come with a handy download code for you.
LP £11.49 STC004
Ltd coloured vinyl LP on Squaring the Circle. Edition of 300 copies.
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This is apparently the first time on wax for Seville-born musician Carlos R. Pinto – aka Lost Twin. Whilst Lost Twin has been associated with beat making and hip-hop, this album on the Andalusian label ‘Squaring The Circle’ is centred around abstract sound design and ambient experimentalism. A collage of disparate samples, global musical influences (check the gamelan inspired erm… ‘Gamelan’) and a general sense of atmosphere rather than a distinct ‘sound’ or ‘genre’ make this more of a listening experience than an album per se. Hopefully that doesn’t sound either as off putting or pretentious as I fear when reading that back.
His first release, a self-titled EP, was focused around a psychedelic and dream like hip-hop that brings to mind some of Paul White’s earlier material. However whereas Paul White more recently has been shifting towards a skewed hip hop/deep house kind of sound, Lost Twin has shifted towards the ethereal and has created quite a woozy, though relatively brief album of mostly instrumental experiments. His reputation is burgeoning with support coming from the likes of Tru Thoughts and Brownswood, his remixes & collaborations spreading awareness of his chops.
Perhaps the most memorable track here is ‘Snake Snake’, standing out with its synths, beeps and a nice bassline. Worth checking out too is ‘Ego Hunter’ that features Nimio on vocals. It is a slow, fragile, new age-y track with its touches of bubbling water field recordings and hazy mood. Whilst not an immediate track, repeat plays do bear fruit with its gentle programming finding a way to intrigue. Elsewhere there is use of a piano and sax on ‘Acuario de Plantas’, a slight lounge feel here, emphasising further the horizontal nature of this album.
The quality of production is strong, Carlos R.Pinto certainly has skill, however the slight nature of the album both in terms of its duration and its ghostly, shimmering feel means it may well get lost amidst your collection. Whilst it is effective at drawing you in as you listen, it doesn’t particularly linger once its 30 odd minutes have passed. If you need to lie, close your eyes and drift off for half an hour, this is a rewarding, enveloping listen, if not necessarily essential.
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