Lapalux - Nostalchic
Critic Score
Based on 19 reviews
2013 Ratings: #119 / 1100
User Score
Based on 52 ratings
2013 Ratings: #274
Liked by 4 people
March 19, 2013 / Release Date
LP / Format
Brainfeeder / Label
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For Howard it’s important to not just make music that sounds interesting; it’s vital to make music that exists in its own little world, unknowable and distinctly alluring.

The 405

Nostalchic is twelve tracks long, but in reality it consists of hundreds - if not thousands - of tiny, fleeting moments; moments which you might not hear on the first listen, or even the second or third. 

FACT Magazine

Whilst Nostalchic is Lapalux’s most full-bodied work to date, it’s also one of the finer examples of how the recent house-meets-r’n'b explosion can be executed with subtlety and finesse.

Beats Per Minute

There are a couple of lesser tracks on Nostalchic and it’s up for debate as to how well Howard sticks the landing on the LP format, but Lapalux is a singular talent and his debut is evidence of that even if the pieces don’t all quite click neatly into place.


Keeping solidly in line with the Brainfeeder tradition, Nostalchic is a forward-looking album, warm and comfortable but never obvious. 


What a great debut. A collage of garage, downtempo and rnb clouded by a thick drunken haze. To highlight this inebriated language, Lapalux gives greater focus to the extremely reverberated vocal samples, pads and leads, even when kicks are booming in the foreground. It sounds pretty messy and fatty and torpid, which is exactly how you would feel like after a couple too many dark lagers. A risky move - such a muddy style could sound amateurish, but by this point Mr. Howard had already ironed out ... read more


Swallowing Smoke was the only one I had from this in 2013/14, I think it was in one of those free itunes playlist promos. Some great ideas and sounds but over all really feels half-baked.


Very poor

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Track List

  1. Iamsys
  2. Guuurl
  3. Kelly Brook
  4. One Thing
  5. Flower
  6. Swallowing Smoke
  7. Without You
  8. Straight Over My Head
  9. Dance
  10. The Dead Sea
  11. Walking Words
  12. O E A
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Added on: March 22, 2013