Against All Logic is Nicolas Jaar's move into sample-based discotheque inspired by his record collection of classic soul, house and funk. Until now the project has only been available digitally but the release has been much cherished a physical release has long been called for. Jaar has obliged so let's enjoy.
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One of the many scales you can use for measuring an album is a grid where you plot an album’s Pitchfork score against its Resident Advisor score. Of the four quadrants, the one I find most interesting is when an album is liked by P4K but panned by RA. This region contains dance music with the mild experimental tendencies enjoyed by the titans of the scene, while still ~populist~ enough that the specialist find it uninteresting. The archetypal example of this is undoubtedly Jamie XX, long reviled by RA, but BNM’d by P4K. There is now a new challenger for the crown.
A.A.L (Against all Logic), is one of Nicolas Jaar’s many pseudonyms which he uses to air out his collection of house and disco edits and it too can be found in my favourite quadrant. And I’ll be honest, it is very obvious, and very pleasant. I can see why it wasn’t RA’s cup of tea, despite them being fans of his other releases. Whatever way you cut it this album is one born of Jaar’s more rockist sensibilities than his dance ones. “I Never Dream”, probably best exemplifies this, bringing to mind band turned producers turn band again The Avalanches, and their iconic banger “Since I Left You”. Meanwhile “Such a Bad Way” samples every rockists favourite rapper (myself included) Kanye West, in such a clumsy way it makes the whole project all the more endearing and warm.
On the back of the record are words to the effect of “if you’d don’t know jack about house, you’ll like this album”. I’ll be honest with you, I don’t know jack about house. And yeah, I think this album is joyful, inventive, and great.
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