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Astonishingly talented, relentlessly inventive, frustratingly young(er than me) and full of artistic integrity, Nicolas Jaar has spent a decade flying in the face of convention, expressing himself in whatever manner he chooses. This multidisciplinary approach, especially in the digital age, unfortunately leaves us vinyl fans lacking, and Nico's A.A.L. (Against All Logic) album ‘2012-2017’ was originally a digital only disc. As word of mouth, setlist and mixtape has turned this lowkey release into the jewel in the Other People crown, Nico has finally done the decent thing and given the people what they want. Much like Kerrier District did to disco, A.A.L. (Against All Logic) borrows heavily from the samples and sounds engrained deep within Jaar’s listening habits and a record collection evidently packed to the brim with classic soul, house and most importantly, funk hooks. Keenly twisting these sounds and filtering them through a studio set up that leans heavily on the beefed-up kick drums and reverb units, Jaar creates a well-executed homage to these sounds, pieced together with the inherent idea of making the listener unable to resist the urge to move, wherever they may be. 

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Patrick says: Harking back to those stunning soul edits he cut his teeth with, Nicolas Jaar delivers a danceable (in a brilliantly unconventional fashion) set of mangled and manipulated club gems. Everywhere you look he expresses the unexpected, be it the blasts of needle bruising distortion on opener "This Old House Is All I Have", the radio friendly pop chorus of "I Never Dream" or dusty textures of "Hopeless". If you dig on Romare's sampledelic club collages, or Herbert's disruptive dance, then you're gonna love this club oriented set from undoubted genius Nicolas Jaar.

ot to not to is an experimental RnB project by VA native Ian Mugerwa that combines low fidelity electronic recording techniques with unconventional song structures to produce music that serves as homage to dusty old blues recordings. At 19, Ian left his hometown of Fairfax for Richmond, where he slept on friends’ floors for several months while recording Goshen. During the day he would “hunt dussy” and during the night he would haul borrowed equipment over to the VCU music facilities and record until the morning. He was moderately successful on both fronts. The resultant recordings form a coming of age album, a snapshot of Ian from the ages of nineteen to twenty. Ian’s goal was to explore new aesthetics in black music through use of nontraditional methods, creating less polished, less sterile RnB in the process. Such methods included layering 40+ cello tracks to create the illusion of an orchestra, or collaging four, separate, 4-minute tracks of improvised percussion into one. Most drums were recorded last. Despite the focus on experimentation, it was important to Ian that he be crafting pop music. It is his belief that an impactful artist has, at least to some degree, a moral responsibility to deliver their art to the maximum amount of people (to efficiently help art as a whole progress). In other words, if restraint can be exercised, it ought to be.

Five years on from 2001's "Space Is Only Noise", prolific, precocious and boundary pushing producer Nicolas Jaar returns with his second full-length LP, the expansive, experimental and uncompromising "Sirens". If you've followed his career thus far, you'll be well aware that Mr Jaar is an eclectic kind of chap. Equally adept at stripped back club bangers, minimalist electronics, intimate torch songs and droning avant garde compositions, Jaar has been carving out his own niche from day one. Over the course of past eight years, Jaar has gradually honed his sound, borrowing samples, phrases and rhythms from jazz, blues, soul, folk and latin traditions, before manipulating them beyond all recognition as he applies his unique production aesthetic. Dreamy, deep and experimental, Jaar's records sound like nothing else. "Sirens" finds the producer pushing all the way through to the other side, fusing precise electronics, full spectrum frequencies and a full gamut of styles into a thematically assured, sonically adventurous game changer. Smashing glass punctuates buzzing feedback, prepared piano rings out while cumbia rhythms elicit a subtle sway. "The Governor" and "Three Sides Of Nazareth" pogo away with a no wave snarl while "History Lesson" is a hallucinogenic detour into doo wop. Despite its stylistic indeterminacy, "Sirens" maintains a thematic and sonic narrative which leads us from start to finish. Near on indescribable, but entirely excellent, this breathtaking example of adventurous composition and scientific sound design stands alone in the world of modern electronica.

STAFF COMMENTS

Patrick says: Challenging, unique and sonically breathtaking, Nicolas Jaar's return to the long format is every bit as good as I hoped. Indescribable and mindblowing.

FORMAT INFORMATION

Ltd LP Info: 180G vinyl with spined sleeve with white scratch-off paint to reveal the artwork, packaged in a printed PVC bag which contains a 'quarter' coin which will scratch off the artwork in transit, making each product unique.

Just Friends

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    THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2014 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

    Just Friends is a duo comprised of Sasha Spielberg on vocals and Nicolas Jaar on production.

    Their first single was a cover of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Avalanche’. It was released for RSD ‘13 with remixes by Julia Holter and Shlohmo.

    Their exclusive release for Record Store Day 2014 is a one-sided heavyweight pink vinyl 10”.

    Limited to 250 copies for the UK and Ireland.


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