2015 has been quite the year for Loci Records. We've seen two Emancipator releases so far with his Dusk To Dawn Remixes compilation as well as his first live album, Live In Athens, recorded with the Emancipator Ensemble. And there is a new Emancipator studio album on the way too as Seven Seas is released September 25th. But the ever growing roster on the label has contributed new full lengths as well, starting with the wonderful Beyond Stolen Notes by Stèv which I covered here. New signing Nym also has his Loci debut coming in October.
That brings us to the latest release on the electronic label, Meeting Of The Waters by Lapa. Lapa is Ilya Goldberg, the classically trained violinist who has recorded and toured with Doug Appling's Emancipator project. Recording and producing under the Lapa moniker, Goldberg has fashioned a debut that will certainly appeal to fans of Emancipator's previous albums, as well as the downtempo/chilled-out side of electronic music.
Goldberg wrote, produced and mixed all ten tracks on his debut, but he also invites some help from his friends. DreamyQ and 9Theory provide vocals on the ethereal title track while Sage C handles the vocal duties as well as guitar work on album closer "Eventide". The rest of the album features instrumentals that touch on downtempo electronic, trip-hop, jazz, and classical influences. Standouts include the entrancing opening track "Waves", "Waking Life" which features the stellar drum work of Cedar Miller as well as Robin Jackson on clarinet, and the gorgeous "Open Book" which boasts none other than Emancipator himself, Doug Appling on guitar. Appling also adds guitar on "Oneno" and is listed as 'creative inspiration' on two other tracks.
The collaborative spirit of the artists on Loci Records is on full display on Lapa's Meeting Of The Waters. It just serves as further proof that this is one of the best electronic music labels currently being curated. Another perfect soundtrack for the coming fall and winter.
Favorite tracks: "Waves', "Open Book", "Waking Life", "Roadwalk"
Meeting Of The Waters was released September 9th via the Loci Records label.