Electronic producer Stuart Howard released his Brainfeeder debut in 2013: the challenging, bedroom-appropriate glitch-hop of Nostalchic. On his much anticipated follow-up, Lapalux explores a new terrain of sounds and textures inspired by the mental distortions of hypnagogia, that treacherously weird place between consciousness and sleep. The album also seems to derive influence from classic film soundtracks like Bladerunner and 2001: A Space Odyssey. “Whenever I think about the album I think about the bar scene in The Shining,” Howard says. “There’s something about that strange, hallucinatory psychological madness that relates to the music, both in the making of the actual record and the way it sounds.”
Today, Lapalux shared “Don’t Mean A Thing,” the tenth track on his thirteen-track record Lustmore. It’s a cold, concentrated dance number seemingly culled from the cosmos. Each new layer of electronic programming heightens the emotional strain on this intensive and lyrically sparse production, maintaining a clear sense of what made his previous record so striking and exciting. The new record features soul powerhouse Andreya Triana, but ten of the tracks on Lustmore are unaccompanied, leaving Howard more creative space to amp up the crazy and blow our minds with his next sonic evolution.
Stream “Closer (feat. Szjerdene)” and view the artwork for Lustmore, out April 7, below.