It's not that there aren't highlights: Laubner gets excited enough on "All Nite Long" to mess around with some wordless samples, unleashes glisteningly lo-fi crystals of melody on "Hidden Dope" and drops analogue science on…well…everything. But, like all of his work, it's frustratingly (fascinatingly, awesomely) consistent. Despite being a double 12-inch release, Nocturnal Mixdowns feels very much like an album, its pervasive downtempo mood of foggy house overwhelming.
By my count, Laubner has released a ridiculous six-plus hours of material in the past 12 months. And, sure, if you've heard two STL joints, you've probably heard most of what the man has to offer. But Laubner does the few things that he does exceptionally well, fruitlessly attempting to craft a Platonic ideal of lo-fi house music over and over again. If these are going to be the results, long may he toil.