Published Jan 20, 2016Vancouver record label 1080p put themselves on the digital map in 2015 thanks to a slew of often stimulating, always engaging records by fresh-faced producers like Co La, Journeyman Trax and Project Pablo. With Maligne Range, 1080p's first physical release of 2016, Laura Sparrow (aka LNS) serves up a platter of dreamy, spaced-out comfort food.
Released digitally and as a 27-minute cassette, the six tracks that make up Maligne Range find Sparrow crafting electronic pieces that demonstrate the young producer's knack for creating moody synth waves that juxtapose nicely with her skeletal drum beats. Although there's true aural beauty to tracks like the motorik "Sh," the capacious "Heart Mountain" and the cascading "Coasting," LNS never seems to stray far from her established colour field, making LNS's debut sometimes feel like more of a primer than a bold accent. Still, it's a very nice hue. (1080p)