|Lapalux — Ruinism (June 29, 2017)|
Lapalux — Ruinism (June 29, 2017) ≡ 2x LP. Arriving today through Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder imprint, Ruinism is said to explore “the more ominous limbo space between life and death” over its 12 tracks. The album was reportedly born out of a score Howard wrote for a performance art piece titled Despair, which was performed in an East London cemetery.Nejbližší koncert: Point Ephémère, Paris, France, Saturday 28 October 2017.
Location: Essex ~ London, UK
Genre: Electronica, IDM, Hip hop
Album release: June 29, 2017
Record Label: Brainfeeder
01 Reverence 3:08
02 Data Demon (feat. GABI) 3:22
03 Petty Passion 3:20
04 Rotted Arp (feat. Louisahhh) 4:10
05 Falling Down (feat. JFDR] 4:41
06 Displacer 2:57
07 4EVA (feat. Talvi) 3:35
08 Essex Is Burning 4:35
09 Flickering (feat. JFDR) 3:32
10 Running to Evaporate 3:42
11 Phase Violet 5:05
12 Tessellate 5:12
Please note: This record will begin shipping on July 28th, 2017.
• 2LP 180g heavyweight black vinyl in printed inner sleeves housed in a 5mm spined sleeve with matt laminate finish. Artwork by Marielle Tepper. Digital download code included.
• This item has not been released yet, we will ship it to arrive on or close to the release date of 28th July 2017.Review
By Luke Pearson, Jun 28, 2017 / Score: 8
UK producer Lapalux (real name Stuart Howard) continues his fruitful relationship with L.A. label Brainfeeder with his third full-length, the gloomy but often beautiful Ruinism. Throughout, Howard cements his reputation as a masterful soundscape artist, often using beats sparingly but without ever robbing his work of momentum or structure. It’s a murky and melancholic affair, but it’s never depressing, and when moments of lightness do occur, they’re all the more poignant.
≡ Early track “Data Demon (ft. GABI)” is a good example of this deftly navigated duality. An almost pastoral synth and woodwind interlude occurs early on, but it’s barely given time to breathe before dissonant variations arrive, leading ultimately to a digital pummelling that makes good on the title’s promise. Early single “Rotted Arp (ft. Louisahhh)” is another highlight, featuring a spoken~word intro in the vein of M83’s early work with actress Kate Moran. It has the same menacing intensity, and when it all cracks open in a crescendo of darkly beautiful synths (and the first proper beat on the album), it easily becomes the moment to top. While nothing packs quite the same punch, plenty of quality remains, including a trio of more beat~oriented offerings towards the album’s end that balance out the more ethereal first half.
≡ Fans of textured, cinematic soundscapes and left~field hip~hop will find Ruinism the most satisfying, but Howard’s style is distinct enough that adventurous electronic music fans in general should at least check it out; it’s as polished and well~realized as any of his output thus far. ≡ http://exclaim.ca/Also:
By Max Freedman | June 28, 2017 | 9:51am | Score: 6.8
≡ An artist aiming to be signed by his musical hero’s record label should probably do something to really, truly make him stand out from said idol’s countless other followers. It’s one thing to sound similar to a source of inspiration; it’s another to actually understand the topical abstractions this musical/spiritual guide is exploring.
≡ No wonder Lapalux (aka Stuart Howard) has already released an EP and two albums on Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder label; the two producers have repeatedly explored their fascinations with death and sleep in their 2010s work. Of course the guy who named an album Until the Quiet Comes would be interested in an album about hypnagogia, a fancy term for the slow descent from trying to sleep into actually sleeping. That album, Lustmore, was just Lapalux’s warm~up, though; Ruinism, his newest and third album for Brainfeeder, takes things a step further in a direction Flying Lotus himself explored on 2014’s You’re Dead!, by charmingly examining the space between life and death.
≡ Beyond the fantastic intricacies of these songs, a few immediate entry points exist. Ruinism’s most cathartic moments are its most accessible, such as when Louisahhh’s appearance on “Rotted Arp” precedes a beat drop so ominous it could soundtrack a bad horror scene. “Running to Evaporate,” with its bass~thumping crescendo, is likewise an immediate jolt of energy in an otherwise sly, patient experience. The descent towards our eventual demise likely comes with occasional moments of fully conscious realization, so why shouldn’t Lapalux build Ruinism in the same fashion? (excerpt)
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• Nostalchic (2013)
• Lustmore (2015)
• Ruinism (2017)
• Forest (2011)
• Many Faces Out of Focus (2011)
• When You’re Gone (2012)
• Some Other Time (2012)
+ 13 singles and 9 remixes.
• Stuart Howard aka LAPALUX is the Essex~based cross section between UK sounds and a post~Dilla America. Lying amongst a bed of shimmering sounds and analogue hi~end, a devotion to hip~op beat work and experimental electronica shines through his globally~aclaimed work, clearly a result of his multi~dimensional influence and aspirations. Having released his debut on Pictures Music, it was his 2012 ‘When Your Gone’ EP that caught the attention of the likes of Red Bull Music Academy, XLR8R, Fact Magazine and London’s ultra~respected mix series Boiler Room. Widely recognised as a key upcomer in the underground beat scene, his skills have been requested by the likes of Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and Crystal Fighters amongst the high~end of the global beat scene. Presenting his exclusive live show, Lapalux pushes the audience with a wall of sound, showcasing the sense of texture and melodic beauty he’s championed over time.
|Lapalux — Ruinism (June 29, 2017)|