In a world in which upstart DIY talent is flooding the gates of electronic music, a few recent voices have been so strong as to be startling. Lapalux - aka 25-year-old Stuart Howard - is certainly one such. As singular as a brilliant artist always should be, his instinctive understanding of the atmospheric power of texture grips the ear immediately on listening. Nostalchic is his debut album, mission statement, and the climax of many years of studying his craft.
The amalgam of words that make the title is aptly, and perhaps knowingly chosen. The album evokes nostalgia without ever sounding nostalgic, and Howard may have had his tongue in his chic when he added the second half of the title. The album is his most focused document to date, adding his beloved R&B and soul into elements of house and hip hop, all with the trademark Lapalux finish; infectious, lopsided swing and achingly deep texture.
“Like the R&B of another time and place, transmitted from an unknown planet in a distant galaxy into the mind of a wildly creative sound designer.” – XLR8R
“Fans of the Kimbies, James Blake’s ‘CMYK’, Four Tet, Bibio, FlyLo, Matthewdavid, Onra, Debruit and all those guys – meet your new favourite producer.“ – Boomkat
“Lapalux is probably one of the finest producers out there at the moment” – Oli Marlow, Sonic Router
“The Barry White of electronica.” – Errol Anderson, The Independent
"RT @juniorpande: This is how I spent 25 Canadian dollars before I even brushed my teeth this morning - http://t.co/AiVmyFogPX - (@Lapalux)"Mon Oct 20 15:34:51 2014
"RT @picturesmusicuk: Here's @lapalux 'Many Faces Out Of Focus' on @Spotify: http://t.co/ufeO61Qe5i Purple vinyl here: http://t.co/6WXjAzP2f3"Mon Oct 20 13:34:24 2014
"That's right: Many Faces Out of Focus (2011) is now reissued on purple vinyl. Get it here:… http://t.co/8wiPXpx6To"Mon Oct 20 12:37:39 2014
"October - December dates of the tour. http://t.co/U3W9ipEsb3"Mon Oct 20 09:25:59 2014
"Its been 3 years since the original release of 'Many Faces Out of Focus' on cassette and digital. And… http://t.co/grGnudrM5d"Mon Oct 20 09:06:59 2014