Brainfeeder – June 30th

Since releasing his first official EP in 2011, Lapalux – aka Stuart Howard – has been a quiet master of electronic music, straying away from the maximalism that filtered through the notoriously vague genre. You could say that, to him, less is more – and that’s no different on his latest effort, Ruinism. The record was created entirely on hardware, re-pitched and manipulated, and that approach is at the core of the atmosphere Howard creates – it’s warm and analogous, but also feels futuristic and otherworldly. More is up for interpretation – the samples are more scintillating, the vocals are more elevated and abstract, ultimately making this his most dramatic record yet. This sound is an even more experimental direction for Howard, who until now, has managed kept his feet firmly in down-tempo, off-kilter glitch music that his label Brainfeeder champions so much. In Ruinism, Lapalux isn’t exactly demanding space – he’s creating it.

Buy: Lapalux – Ruinism