Boomkat Product Review:
Highly impressive debut album from Brainfeeder's British ambassador.
Proceeding the course of his celebrated singles for Pictures Music and remixes for everyone from AlunaGeorge to Bonobo, 'Nostalchic' casts trusted vocalists Jenna Andrews, Kerry Leatham and Astrid Williamson in a pop/R&B complex of refracted electronics and digital stumble crafted with the finickiest attention to details.
We can hear the ghosts of UK 'nuum music jostling with bewitched R&B and keening cinematic synths in the magnificent 'Flower', beside the DMT-dream-pop clarity of 'Swallowing Smoke', whilst there's a psychedelic soul grit to the likes of 'Straight Over My Head' which practically beats the Americans at their own game by virtue of its close affiliations with dubstep futurism. Joints like 'Dance' with Astrid Williamson or 'One Thing' with Jenna Andrews mark up some of the finest, and genuinely "nu" soul vibes we've heard this year or last, especially the former with it's ambiguous vocal processing, while the likes of 'The Dead Sea' and 'Kelly Brook' exhibit a fascination for textural experimentation and the possibilities of sound design approaching Autechrian levels of sophistication. A boldly unique record.