- You'll be hard pressed to find a stronger lead single than "Without You," dropped ahead of the release of Lapalux's debut album, Nostalchic. In conjunction with fellow UK artist Kerry Leatham, Lapalux doesn't so much construct a beat as an entire ecosystem, weaving his impassioned framework around Leatham's earnest vocals. The chorus presents a male/female duet; the lyrics "I do not want you to leave me/I do not want to leave you" reverberate with rattling despondency. Drained after such a consuming opening, the slow, gyrating hip-hop of "Swallowing Smoke" feels like a warm blanket. "Guurl" marries sultry synths with mutant murmurs to form a sound palette so dense it's a miracle reggaeton drums find a way through. If last year's Some Other Time and When You're Gone EPs felt stiff in places, then Lapalux has loosened up the knots just when it matters.
01. Without You feat. Kerry Leatham (Radio Edit)
02. Without You feat. Kerry Leatham
03. Swallowing Smoke (Alternate Version)