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In a world in which upstart DiY talent is flooding the gates of electronic music, a few recent voices have been so strong as to be startling. Lapalux – AKA 25-year-old Stuart Howard – is certainly one such. As singular as a brilliant artist always should be, his instinctive understanding of the atmospheric power of texture grips the ear immediately on listening.
Lapalux was raised in rural Essex, midway between countryside and town; the classic, isolated hinterland that's produced many a distinctive British voice. There's a yearning sense to the record that it's tempting to relate to the young Howard's dreams about what his eventual escape into larger life might be. He certainly had a dream start when a shot-in-the-dark email to electronic hothouse Brainfeeder was immediately answered by label head Flying Lotus himself, who quickly moved on to sign him. To this day, Lapalux remains the only British artist on the Los Angeles based label.
Having made fans out of Diplo and SBTRKT, remixed everyone from Lianne La Havas via Crystal Fighters to Bonobo, Tawiah, AlunaGeorge and Speech Debelle, as well as supporting FlyLo and playing the main stage at Sonar and in Japan with Clark, it's prime time for Lapalux's debut full length on BRAINFEEDER.
HARRY RANSOM (Harry Schrecengost) is a resident DJ for Blisspop, and DC-based podcast Expansion Broadcast. Starting out as a drum’n'bass obsessed vinyl and mix tape collector in the mid-1990s, Harry became involved in many local event productions and college radio at UMD’s WMUC 88.1 FM. Nearly 18 years later, he has remained active in the DC music scene, continues to collect a wide range of music, has a DJ resume rivaled by few, and regularly plays U Street Music Hall on diverse bills that have featured acts such as Eats Everything, Amon Tobin, Four Tet, Falty DL, Bok Bok, Kingdom, Sinden, Switch, Jacques Greene, Designer Drugs, and S.P.Y. Additionally, Harry is one of the new contributing writers to the Blisspop blog, and is also working diligently on his own music production.