Having previously collaborated with incredible results not once, but twice – on Lapalux’s “Without You‘” music video and Nick’s short film Chrysalis in 2013 – Lapalux and Nick Rutter have joined forces once again to create a music video for ‘Puzzle’ feat. Andreya Triana from Lapalux’s second album Lustmore (recently released via Brainfeeder).
Starring James Eeles (Peaky Blinders, My Big Fat Diary) and a 1989 Porsche (model 944) it’s a tender and warped love story of a mechanic called Leon who is possessed by love, but no ordinary love… he has mechanophilia (the love or sexual attraction to machines, including cars). In an enclosed and surreal world where his dreams, hallucinations and visions feel wholly real, Leon tries to make sense of his spiralling emotions. And when the penny drops, can he make the right choice?
Stuart Howard aka Lapalux unveiled another tune from his sophomore album “Lustmore“. ‘Puzzle’ sees Brainfeeder’s UK representative bring in the soulful voice of British singer (and frequent Bonobo collaborator) Andreya Triana.
“It’s a lovelessness,” Howard says, “searching for something more lustful and fleeting. It’s a very visual song for me. It’s about a sort of seedy, underground desire, like an old bar that used to have class, getting slowly seedier, to keep up with the demand for exploitation and filth. I think it sums up the whole feel and mood of the record,” Howard says. “That kind of sultry, seedy undertone and the pieces of the puzzle not fitting together properly, as if in a state of limbo where you don’t know where you are, but there’s something strangely comforting about it.” Those words could well be a credo for Lapalux’s wider musical vision.
We’ve already heard Andreya Triana‘s “Gold“, the lead single from the Soulful Londoner’s highly anticipated album, ‘Giants’, out on Counter Records on March 23rd 2015. The single is out on March 16th and is supported by the Momentum Music Fund. A testa-ment to her love of music and an expression of her joy of singing and songwriting, “Gold” is a confident and self assured track. A joyous stomp of a single, combining an incessant beat with Andreya’s raw, layered vocals, “Gold” is sure to captivate and inspire the listener.
You can now stream four great remixes of the track, by the likes of Hackman, Fakear, Nikich and Fort Romeau (here). Andreya plays Village Underground on April 2nd and releases her new album ‘Giants’ on May 4th.
Lapalux knew where and how his sound should change with a second album. As a result, Lustmore feels like a record as compulsively inspired and meticulously crafted as you’re likely to hear in 2015.
Lustmore is loosely based on the idea of hypnogogia, a kind of limbo of consciousness between being awake and asleep. Listeners familiar with his 2011 debut, Nostalchic, will know that Stuart Howard’s woozy, infectious rhythms, enveloping textures and unfamiliarly familiar melodies conjure that territory perfectly.
Lapalux attracted the direct attention of Brainfeeder label owner and electronic music icon Flying Lotus in 2010, and was quickly snapped up by the imprint. Acclaimed early EPs were followed by a number of remixes including Bonobo, Andreya Triana, Lianne La Havas amongst others, before his debut album Nostalchic arrived in 2011. On its release Mojo asserted that: “Lapalux has joined the ranks of contemporary electronica’s finest, like FlyLo himself.” The album was a high watermark, and a statement of intent by a young producer who was pushing electronic music forward.
Lustmore sees the young producer take another stride forward. Opener “U Never Know,” which features another masterful vocal turn by Andreya Triana, sets the tone for the album. “The line ‘I don’t think you’ll know’ describes the mysterious limbo-like state between waking life and sleep,” Howard says.
The sleazy, yearning throb of “Puzzle (ft. Andreya Triana)” is unmistakably sexualized. “It’s a lovelessness,” Howard says, “searching for something more lustful and fleeting. It’s a very visual song for me. It’s about a sort of seedy, underground desire, like an old bar that used to have class, getting slowly seedier, to keep up with the demand for exploitation and filth. I think it sums up the whole feel and mood of the record,” Howard says. “That kind of sultry, seedy undertone and the pieces of the puzzle not fitting together properly, as if in a state of limbo where you don’t know where you are, but there’s something strangely comforting about it.” Those words could well be a credo for Lapalux’s wider musical vision.
The sound palette used in making the album was carefully crafted to sound retro futuristic and otherworldly, having sounds in there that could accompany a Bladerunner or 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.”
Studying old film soundtracks was a hugely important process for the making of the album. “I really focused on making this album an imaginary visual experience. You can almost see these imaginary movies play in your head when you listen,” he says. “That’s something that I really started to work into my music – the idea of creating imagery and characters, storyline, and emotion.” It’s a process that has certainly worked: Lustmore is imbued with an emotional narrative that never loosens its grip on the ear.
The album Lustmore is scheduled for release on April 6th 2015. ‘Don’t Mean A Thing’ is streaming now on Lapalux’s Soundcloud. Pre-order Lustmore and get an instant download of Closure (feat. Szjerdene) and Don’t Mean A Thing: smarturl.it/lustmoreit
1. U Never Know (feat. Andreya Triana)
2. Sum Body
3. Closure (feat. Szjerdene)
4. Midnight Peelers
5. Push N’ Spun
6. We Lost
7. Autumn (Tape Interlude)
8. Puzzle (feat. Andreya Triana)
10. Don’t Mean A Thing
12. Make Money
13. Funny Games
Soulful Londoner Andreya Triana is set to return in 2015 with the release of her highly anticipated album, ‘Giants’ through Counter Records on March 23rd.
Produced by Matt Hales (Lianne La Havas, Paloma Faith), ‘Giants’ is an elegant melting pot of styles, sounds and themes effortlessly brought together by a voice both distinct and timeless in equal measure. Below, you can stream the lead single from the LP, Gold, along with a great remix by Fort Romeau and the radio edit of “Everything You Never Had Pt. II”.
Andreya also kicks off 2015 with new live dates including a sold out Lexington show on February 18th and a Village Underground show on April 2nd.
Known for her stunning vocals and captivating live performances, Andreya Triana is back with the release of new EP ‘Everything You Never Had Pt. II’, out this week on Counter. Brainfeeder producer Lapalux is the latest artist to work with Triana, remixing her new track “The Best is Yet to Come.” Check it out below. Triana’s highly anticipated album is due out in 2015.