FRIDAY FEBRUARY 22 2013
BUBBLIN AND BLOWN PRESENT THE PDX DEBUT OF
FALTY DL (NYC – NINJA TUNE/BLUEBERRY RECORDS)
Touring in Support of His New LP HARDCOURAGE
Out Now on Ninja Tune
with Local Support From
STRATEGY (Community Library/Endless Flight/100% Silk)
Ben Tactic (Bubblin/Think2wice)
D Poetica (Blown)
3D PROJECTION MAPPING VISUALS BY
About Falty DL:
Welcome if you will, to the coming of age of FaltyDL, AKA Drew Lustman. A producer who’s already carved out a name as one of the most exciting talents to emerge in electronic music of late, he’s released albums on Planet Mu, supported Radiohead (and topped Thom Yorke’s office playlist,) as well as remixed the XX, Scuba and Mount Kimbie – to name but a few. He also has his own label, Blueberry Records, in collaboration with which Ninja Tune presents ‘Hardcourage.’
‘Hardcourage’ is the NYC-based Lustman’s masterpiece: an electronic opus inspired by love and crafted with renewed intent and dedication. Lustman often makes mention of attempting to channel the music in his head, to allow it to pour forth direct from his subconscious. In ‘Hardcourage’ it seems he’s succeeded. The music here feels incredibly natural, the songs taking the most perfect of shapes, their emotive rise and swell both subtle and immensely powerful.
Halfway through making the album, Lustman fell in love – the object of his affections rapidly becoming his muse. He’s been very lucky in more ways than one: ‘Hardcourage’ is full of uplift, energy and purpose – it genuinely feels like all the best parts of falling in love.
The album’s opener ‘Stay, I’m Changed’ is much more than just a track that happens to come first; it genuinely opens the album, setting the tone and enticing the listener in to the self-contained world within. From its initially tentative, horn-like synths, it gradually grows in urgency, drama and emotional depth.
Second single ‘She Sleeps’ is the only vocal track on the album, featuring a brilliant, haunting turn from The Friendly Fires’ Ed Macfarlane. The pair bonded over a shared love for garage music, (ironically, garage being the sound Falty has moved away from on the album.) The collaboration feels instinctive and inspired, two minds meeting to make a song with a purity and vulnerability not often found in electronic music.
‘Finally Some Shit/ The Rain Stopped’ feels like the blues lifting. Its pattering drums bring to mind rain against a windowpane, the driving bassline is like renewed resolve captured in music. ‘Hardcourage’ is about ‘when things are in Limbo and having the courage to carry on,’ says Lustman, and nowhere is that more in evidence than here.
The album’s first single ‘Straight and Arrow’ summarises the musical direction Lustman has taken with ‘Hardcourage.’ His move away from a US take on garage has resulted in a masterful brand of atmospheric, soul-drenched house and electronica. As you’d expect, Falty has applied as much vision to the album’s close as he has its beginning. ‘Bells’ has a strong claim to be electronica’s greatest love song. Like the clouds parting, the heart leaping, the world seeming to chime with happiness, it’s the perfect end to the perfect declaration of love.
‘I didn’t make this album with the intent of sharing all of it,’ Lustman has said. That’s obviously served him well. Luckily for us, share it he has.
‘This ‘Hardcourage’ LP is simply on another level.. ‘ DJ Mag 9.5/10
‘Haunting, soulful dance music’ Mixmag 4/5
‘Straight & Arrow’ is a deep and undeniably funky cut’ Dummy
‘Lustman stands as one of the most productive and reliable American dance producers’ Pitchfork
‘highly charged, twisted electronic soul’ / ‘charmingly unconventional’ Mojo
‘one of the most exciting talents to emerge in electronic music of late’ Data Transmission
‘He performs that rare trick of injecting his rippling electronic grooves with human warmth� abstract computer music that speaks to your soul’ Big Issue
‘soulful, pleasurable house grooves’ NME
‘A gorgeous, post-coital utopia composed of thudding sub-bass and loose hi-hats; a clever combination of indietronica and smooth minimal house’ Drowned In Sound
‘A truly stunning gorgeous piece of electronic music’ Echoes
‘An album to treasure’ / Hardcourage is the sound of Drew Lustman staying well ahead of the pack.’ Irish Times
‘It’s an expertly crafted journey through atmospheric and often emotive House and Electronica’
‘Falty’s most personal work to date’ Future Music
‘Falty towers above his post-dubstep peers’
‘�a small hours throbber that could be the missing link between The Beloved and The XX’ Uncut
”A glorious, consistently brilliant album’ Crack
‘Beautiful music’ Trap