Review: Nicolas Jaar's Against All Logic alias returns for the first time since 2018 where Jaar collected all previous Against All Logic music - mainly house tracks and disco edits - in a compilation titled 2012-2017. This release comes with a hint that a new album is in the ready with a cast of collaborators to boot. This initial release features Lydia Lunch and FKA twigs on a track each, with both presenting a raw take on industrial, bass heavy and post punk styles of different beat making techniques. Take the epic distortion and shaded exotics coming through in "Alucinao" while a more stripped-backed yet equally noisey and syncopated approach of the AAL style takes place in "Illusions Of Shameless Abundance". The hype is lit!
Review: It's been some time coming for a new Nicolas Jaar LP and it's now we get to witness the continual evolution of his sound that's pushed someway into the mainstream consciousness since Space Is Only Noise. With similar appeal, it's as if in Cenizas sets Jaar as wandering back into town weary on horseback from 2016's Sirens LP, with the artist's spooky western, avant and experimental touches shimmering through an album of blurry guitars, static electronics and acoustic bass. The album delves into acousmatic music as much as it does ambient ballad rock, free jazz and musiq concrete, to prepared piano, dusty poetics and the sounds of a setting sun.
Review: Initially issued through a bespoke website described by Jaar himself as a way to hear Telas "in its liquid state," the album arrives as a concoction of workshop scraps, percussions and bit-graded effects next to tibetan singing bowls, plucked modular mechanics and all the crackle and pops of noise floor you could wonder about. Drawing from a state of consciousness that's sometimes only possible to dream in, this state is reached through the micro pops of melodic percussions and time manipulation in "Telallaes" alongside the acoustic, stringed motifs and disgruntled beats deeply embedded in "Telahora". Continuing to give deep, experimental and classically inclined music its time in the sun; pop ambient has never sounded so good.
Review: Nicolas Jaar's Other People label returns after a brief hiatus with Vaghe Stelle, an Italian producer how is known for his cybernetic approach to electronic music. The mini-LP is a 360 degree view of ambient, noise and electronica, taking the listener to far and distant corners continuously. Unlike plenty of other abstract electronic releases, Vaghe Stelle has painted a world of his own, one which resembles more of a sci-fi soundtrack than a stand-alone music release. The melodies, pauses, samples, and voices all blend seamlessly to form a new sound that literally sounds a million light years from here.