Luap - Dobra

by Luap

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about

A creator awaits his musicians in his studio in a small, remote village in the North of Spain, with its very particular weather and green landscape reminiscent of Ireland: it couldn't be more unlike sunny Jamaica. As he waits, Paul Herrera aka Luap samples some dusty vinyls, digitalizes poetry and plays a few notes on a second hand bass bought in some nearby flea market. Paul is the man behind Luap, a passionate enthusiast of reggae and soul, countryside and poetry, philosophy, quiet life and vintage 7'' B-sides.

His influences can be tracked in the multiple readings of his music, a solid crossover of references that reflect the diverse approaches to what we nowadays consider to be electronic music. The melodies are suggestive; rhythms appear in the most natural of ways; everything flows flawlessly into this electronic soul that sometimes reminds us of Andy Stott and sometimes of String Theory. If Luap seems even more sober to us, could it be the landscape prevailing? We are never quite sure whether we are in Vancouver, Cologne or Brazzaville. "Dobra" accurately combines the natural and the organic coupled with exquisite, contemporary electronic production, and, no doubt, a great love for music. Smoky, dubby, elegant and abstract electronic music.

Luap is one of the latest arrivals on the Spanish electronica scene. After his appearance on the spa.RK/Expanding 10" picture disc (sp13-10), Paul has chosen to call his debut album "Dobra", which is also the name of a local mountain where archaeological remains coexist alongside several mines that eat into the mountain from inside out. Quite a metaphor for Luap's work, in which organic and electronic elements are devoured alive in sweet harmony. An album to relish in peace and which reveals an artist who is free of prejudices and takes an absolutely contemporary approach to electronic production.

"Barcelona’s label spa.RK, the illustrious home of .tape., Bradien and bRUNA, among others, has just announced the impending release of the debut album by Cantabria-born Paul Herrera, a.k.a. Luap, a young bedroom producer and lover of reggae and black sounds who usually hangs out in that diffuse space that blends folktronica, modern urban dub, off-kilter downtempo, electronic funk and the most abstract and precious IDM." (Playground Mag)



"Las melodías siempre disipadas (Beddi), bucólicas (Alegra, Arredondo) o en ocasiones extrañamente acuáticas (Wonder). Por momentos todo esto deja de ser un mero paseo panorámico para volverse en algo más abstracto, cadencioso y rizado. Gestsong 11 y Liendo Ritm por ejemplo, cuyos elementos rítmicos se realojan a su antojo, siempre toqueteados un punto arriba en el tono y el pitch, hi-hats de lo más fino y controlados en todo momento por sub-bajos claramente dub." (Clubbing Spain)

"'Dobra', que es el nombre de una montaña, es un disco de dub que parece urbano por el tipo de sonido, pero que es campestre en la ejecución. Es el disco que sale cuando se ha escuchado un poco de dub del que antes hablábamos –el original de King Tubby, pero también el de Kit Clayton–, se recuerdan detalles de memoria, enciendes una L bien cargada y te pierdes en la nube del estudio de grabación durante horas. Es el disco que sale cuando los ojos se entrecierran y el sueño pesa, pero algo te obliga a seguir. Son 12 cortes y poco menos de 40 minutos que entran suave." (Javier Blánquez, Playground Mag)

credits

released 15 October 2010

all tracks by luap
artwork nano12
master by xavi alarcón

with some help: miguel echevarría (unstoppable support, original lost sessions); borja juanco (live dub control, inspiration/information); sergio herrera (live bass & guitar, psychoacustic approaches); ciento21 (sampling somewhere); javier peláez (samwill boss); paula dumme-gans (field recordings); fernando aguado (sax roots).

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