Not four months after releasing his third full-length, Ruinism, Lapalux (aka Stuart Howard) has forgone rest and has returned with a new EP, The End of Industry. The London producer is continuing along the path Ruinism took, leaving his trademark emphasis on details, solid melodies and discernible beats for abstraction, dissonance and industrial clatter — pushing his listeners who may have become accustomed to his particular style into a new sonic milieu.
The End of Industry finds Lapalux assembling something that resembles the automation of the world around us, while reminding us that human interaction is still necessary in the process; it's that common theme of humans vs. machines. His process is much the same as on Ruinism, as he reworks and continuously re-edits his material to give it that feeling of imminent industrial destruction, sabotaging any expectations the listener might have. "Holding On," for example, builds with sinister timbres and ultimately erupts into discordant, sirens-blazing alarm, the faintest of voices bleeding through to unsettle. The End of Industry is still testing new ground for Lapalux, but it's ground he already seems to have steady footing on. (Brainfeeder)