2017 – 2019

Ultimae records

AGAINST ALL LOGIC | 2017 – 2019 (Other People) – 3xLP
A.A.L (Against All Logic)

2017 – 2019


26.00 €

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Product Description

Nicolas Jaar returns to his dancefloor alias, swapping out the mid-tempo crowd-pleasers for a set of surprisingly stern techno that bristles with distortion.

Under his Against All Logic alias, Nicolas Jaar writes music that sounds like it’s trying to break out of itself. Textures undulate and basses overwhelm, while vocals flutter in and out of focus as if someone were flicking through channels on a decrepit television. The project’s first LP, quietly released on his Other People label at the beginning of 2018, folded half a decade’s work into one of the most accessible albums of his career. Now that A.A.L. is a known quantity, Jaar returns with 2017 – 2019, trading the warmer house music of his debut for a warped techno counterpart.

Fantasy, the opener, is all crunchy transients and harsh digital noise and—is that Beyoncé? Success has only further emboldened Jaar, who twists snippets of Bey’s classic Sean Paul collaboration Baby Bo  into a hypnotic, mangled hook. But this sample is a red herring, as is the laidback gait of If Loving You Is Wrong, which follows. The classic soul flips that defined 2012 – 2017 are largely absent from that point on, replaced by frenetic clangs and extended, bristling percussion workouts like With an Addict.

2017 – 2019 has been rendered more purposefully than its predecessor, each track flowing into the next. It presents an identity for Against All Logic that transcends the previous mid-tempo crowd-pleasers, one that’s unafraid to draw from various club subgenres while injecting Jaar’s customary washed-out tape atmospheres. The harsh spirals of noise and pneumatic hi-hats of Deeeeeeefers sound like they’re pulled from a revised Justice cut or Thomas Bangalter edit, while Penny makes the case that “lo-fi house” might not be dead after all.

Noah Yoo (Pitchfork)