Lapalux – Holding On

The producer explores the concept of the human versus the machine.

On his latest album ‘Ruinism’, producer Lapalux came up with a whole new term to describe the way in which the sound palettes and inspirations that he’d drawn together collided and interacted with each other on the record. Now, just a few months on from releasing that LP, he has a new EP coming up: ‘The End Of Industry’. With it, Lapalux is diving into a reality that we face every day: the rise of an automated world.

But how does someone, and in particular a producer, make a record that reflects that transitioning world? Lapalux has an answer to that. ‘The Age Of Industry’ will see him using self-modulating and self-generative patches, which ultimate will come to represent the rise of the machine. With lead single ‘Holding On’, those reverberating, dance-driven patches meld together to form an almost oppressive soundscape of whirring noise, scraping and pulses.

But there is a lingering human element to ‘Holding On’ that stops the machines from truly taking over. Whether it’s the ghostly voice that haunts the opening passage or Lapalux’s own hand reining in tech for a slightly more melodic climax, he demonstrates that people are still needed for the creative process. In its balance between a human touch and the purely mechanical, he shows how people are still holding on to control in an increasingly technological age.

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