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Podcast 245: Lapalux

It wasn't that long ago that Lapalux (a.k.a. Stuart Howard) was just another young UK producer perking up people's ears with a hard-to-define mix of low-end-heavy, but undeniably experimental, sounds. Even when we tabbed him as a Bubblin' Up artist last summer, largely on the strength on his then-fresh Many Faces Out of Focus EP, the full extent of his potential was only beginning to reveal itself. Then came this year's When You're Gone EP, released on Flying Lotus' Brainfeeder imprint, which displayed a whole new level of sophistication and a real penchant for sonic whimsy. With this kind of skill at his disposal, we were curious to see exactly what Lapalux could do if tasked with putting together an exclusive mix for the XLR8R podcast series. Although he doesn't actually DJ that often—he prefers to perform live—Lapalux quickly proves that's he's more than capable of assembling a compelling mix. His selections come from both sides of the Atlantic and could individually be tagged with an assortment of inadequate genre names—bass music, beat music, witch house, screw, experimental—but ultimately, it's clear that they all bear some relationship to hip-hop while only rarely sounding anything like traditional rap music. He's clearly taking notes from a rich palette of influences, and though this podcast still doesn't allow us to put Lapalux in a neat little box, it does provide an interesting window into the sounds that make him tick.

01 Cepia "L2" (Ghostly International)
02 Lazer Sword "Better From U" (Monkeytown)
03 Jon Phonics "Up Higher"
04 Lapalux "102 Hours of Introductions" (Brainfeeder)
05 Dorine Muraille "Dorees" (FatCat)
06 Juj "Micro Twist" (HW&W)
07 Azizi Gibson & Jeremiah Jae "J & Z Draft" (Brainfeeder)
08 Airhead "Wait" (R&S)
09 Lapalux "Gone" (Brainfeeder)
10 Hazy Memories "Got You"
11 Jai Paul "Jasmin" (XL)
12 DJ Screw "Straighten It Out" (Bigtyme)
13 J Dilla "One Eleven" (Stones Throw)
14 Astrid Williamson "Dance (Lapalux Remix)" (One Little Indian)
15 Devonwho "Untitled"
16 Matthewdavid "Midnight Express" (Brainfeeder)
17 Aoki Takamasa and Tujiko Noriko "Fly 2" (FatCat)
18 Holy Other "Know Where" (Tri Angle)
19 Taquwami "Time After Time"
20 ShadowBox "C O (Alphabets Heaven Remix)"
21 Lapalux "Time Spike Jamz" (Pictures Music)

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