Stuart Howard – as Lapalux – impressed me with his debut full-lengther, Nostalchic and that sonic journey continues here, with some smoother corners, gentler bends, less glitchy and twitchy and still, very much, the antidote to pretentious or thoughtless (try-hard or not at all even trying) “club” music. This is that kind of dance music that’s aimed as much at the head and heart as the feet; a big part – no doubt – in why Lapalux has found himself a home on the Brainfeeder label. His is a music that plays alongside Flying Lotus’ but has a lighter, bouncier, sunnier feel – for the most part.
Actually, Lustmore taps into hypnogogic experiences, and so the already woozy beat-making craft is perfect for exploring this kind of energy.
A few more guest vocalists this time around show that Lapalux’s engagement with and understanding of pop-songs or at the least pop-song hooks is a big part of his appeal, despite this music determinedly mining a path away from the radio-ready club-lite nightclub chuck-up off-cuts. That fog, that wooze, the slight flirt with dubstep’s more plausible side…that’s all still here. But where Nostalgic had sharper cuts, felt slightly abrasive at times (always by choice) this has been immaculately sculpted, crafted, smoothed over. And that’s not to say it’s any weaker – in most cases quite the opposite.