The second album from British Brainfeeder representative Lapalux is mood music of the highest order. Lustmore blends shuffling rhythm, simple melody and crisp production to fill the environment with a lush, modern atmosphere. Out on CD and vinyl double LP (black and orange splatter) from Brainfeeder.
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Lapalux is that rarest of things - a British artist signed to Brainfeeder. His debut the despairingly titled ‘Nostalchic’ was a rag-bag always-on-the-move Fly-Lo, Madlib, cross breed with so many ideas floating about that it was an exhausting if at times exhilarating listen. The follow up ‘Lustmore’ calms things down a bit with a less schizophrenic approach and from initial listens is all the better for it.
Despite coming from these rain-lashed shores he has that West Coast soft top down Fly-Lo flammin’ styles down pat. He uses vocalist ‘Andreya Triana’ on just two tracks including the soulful opener ‘U Never Know’ but otherwise the album is predominantly instrumental. ‘Sum Body’ perfectly sums up his breezy style of production with slo-mo blurred voice samples giving way to squelsh beats and a perfectly light dappled outro which fades like the dying embers of a perfect afternoon. ‘Closure’ (feat. Szjerdene) is a slight misstep - the vocals make it too X Factor weep-a-ballad- but from there on in the album is full of hazily spun, rhodes-heavy instr-hop with skewed samples, head nodding beats and airy vocal samples.
The best tracks tap into that perfect dreamy jazzy hop that past practitioners such as Prefuse 73 have utilised (‘Autumn’ and ‘Bud’ are both hazy delights) and at times he comes across as a more daring Bonobo but he never loses that Brainfeeder squelsh.
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