Boomkat Product Review:
"Plug Research is proud to present In Search Of…, the introspective follow up to KCRW DJ Anthony Valadez’ 2012 debut, Just Visiting. Warm and just a tad hazy, the LP plays like the perfect soundtrack for the drive home after a night out or the commute home from work. As the title alludes, the music of In Search Of… carries an air of earnestness and wonder. Serendipitously, many of the collaborators and contributors AntVala recruited for the project wound up producing material that matched this motif. Miles Bonny’s sweet, serene vocals on “Searching For” most obviously reflect this introspection, but he’s not alone. Zack Sekoff’s verse on “Zack’s Thesis” combines self-discovery with cold mic skills. Rep Life/Spinnerty’s captivating spoken diatribe for “Breathe” will captivate youngsters and remind the old folks of The Watts Prophets. Musically the album is a direct evolution of Just Visiting. Every track is bound to the next like an expertly woven tapestry, something only a seasoned DJ could do. Very much a communal affair, In Search Of… sees AntVala more confidently directing his transnational collaborative, he is in the groove. Much like his eclectic KCRW sets, the sounds on the album don’t stay in one place but instead reflect and celebrate the common ground of all music. AntVala has access to some of the most talented musicians in Los Angeles but also won’t hesitate to let the MPC breathe for a second. Jazz chords combine with 808’s and sweet ballads cohabitate with trap influences."