Lost Midas feels like an outlier. Though he lives in LA (after moving from Boston) and makes hip-hop beats, he doesn't have much of a connection to the city's well-known collectives, such as Brainfeeder, Stones Throw or Alpha Pup. His music is shaded with the sunset hues of Boards Of Canada, and his debut comes on UK downtempo stalwart Tru Thoughts. It turns out to be a good fit, and easily the label's most interesting release in a while.
Jason Trikakis brings an edge to Tru Thoughts, but not too much. Like Shigeto, a close musical cousin, Trikakis is a drummer, which feeds into his preference for prominent yet careful drum tracks. "Love Undone" is a mission statement of an opener, sickly sweet but brief, with ethereal vocals from Taylor O'Donnell buffeted by a bouquet of drum samples. More sharp-edged, "Broken Peace Is" coats its broken beat in light distortion and lashes the whole thing with psychedelic effects, giving its thick fog of sound an effusive glow. The percussion really comes out for "Dream Kiss," where it's laid on thick, like a footwork track at the wrong speed (especially with the bass stabs underneath). But even with all the banging, it's bathed in a warm light that's all his own, a constant throughout his music that separates him even further from his peers.
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Tracklist: Lost Midas - Memory Flux01. Love Undone feat. Taylor O'Donnell
02. Broken Peace Is
03. Dream Kiss