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Debut album from Essex-born producer Stuart Howard mixes post-dubstep R&B and hip hop

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  1. 10.0 |   The Arts Desk

    Nostalchic is mostly mellow, if rhythmically challenging, but its startling levels of originality make it one of the year’s essential albums
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  2. 8.0 |   Drowned In Sound

    An album full of lush sonic textures, but also one bursting with hooks and, most importantly, feeling, too
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  3. 8.0 |   musicOMH

    This is music that is very much welcoming with melodies and slight hooks that invite immersion
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  4. 8.0 |   The Skinny

    With nods to experimental jazz, hip-hop, house and bass music, it's another astounding release from the unimpeachable Brainfeeder stable
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  5. 8.0 |   Q

    Texturally dense, but made of simply swoonsome stuff. Print edition only

  6. 8.0 |   The 405

    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
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  7. 8.0 |   Mojo

    Lapalux has joined the ranks of contemporary electronica's finest. Print edition only

  8. 8.0 |   Fact

    Consistently engaging
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  9. 8.0 |   Uncut

    Lapalux is already in the foothills of greatness. Print edition only

  10. 7.5 |   Beats Per Minute

    Lapalux is a singular talent and his debut is evidence of that even if the pieces don’t all quite click neatly into place
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  11. 7.5 |   Bowlegs

    Sometimes runs the risk of being almost too eclectic, but keeps it together well resulting in an entrancing debut that allows Lapalux to stand out from the ocean of bedroom producers
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  12. 7.4 |   Pitchfork

    A forward-looking album, warm and comfortable but never obvious
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  13. 7.3 |   The AU Review

    Suggests a merging of warm nostalgia with effortless chic, and this marriage is achieved through intermittent 80s-throwback instrumentation, as well as Howard’s ability to balance both delicate and dense textures
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  14. 7.0 |   Clash

    A consolidation of glitch, post-dubstep blues, timelapsed R&B and hip-hop fragments, crystalised and crushed with the swing of a rickety rope bridge
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  15. 7.0 |   BBC

    Nostalchic has a certain airiness, a focus on floaty atmospherics, that aligns it with the work of other washed-out boudoir crooners such as The Weeknd and How to Dress Well
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