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Released: June 30th

The newest release from Flying Lotus’ label, Brainfeeder is ‘Ruinism’ by UK composer and producer Stuart Howard aka Lapalux.  A producer’s producer and a composer’s composer, from the very first sound in ‘Reverence’ Howard undoubtedly places the listener firmly in the lap of luxury. ‘Ruinism’ is a strong and unforgiving release of musical abandonment. Steeped in melancholia, the album is the musical product of an experimental theatre show, ‘Depart’, premiered in an East London Cemetery. Howard has cleverly ‘ruined’ material through his meticulous instrumental recordings and experiments using base synthesis and hardware sampling.  

‘Falling Down’ twists ghostly vocals into a sublime collage and ‘Data Demon’ is an unruly soundscape of sensuous whispers. ‘Rotted Arp’ laces sweetly sung lyrics with harrowing spoken word poetry whilst ‘Essex is Burning’ delivers crisp beats and driving bass. 

The vision of this project reaches beyond the average electronic beat producer in to the realms of landmark musical composition. Nothing short of exceptional, these sumptuous sounds and pertinent lyrics will linger in your ears for hours after you lift the needle from the record. 

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