It looked as though Nicolas Jaar had big plans up his sleeves for With two releases in quick succession early in the year, first as Against All Logic and then eponymously , Jaar stepped back into the frame long after having lost me around the time of Pomegranates. I was gearing up to review each new album independently, as the beginnings of an outline of some of my thinking on Nicolas Jaar.
It feels like the process that goes into making a song is very important to Jaar. Not that it's not important to like every artist ever, but with Jaar, making that process visible is integral to the final versions of the music he makes. It's about taking the visible seams of a song and molding them into something beautiful and low-key. It's no surprise, then, that much of the music on this mix follows that same blueprint. If it initially seems scattershot, keep going, by the time Charles Mingus somehow segues perfectly into Bill Callahan, this starts to feel less like a mix, and more like a bizarre trip into the mind of one of the most exciting producers around. Download: Nicolas Jaar's Essential Mix.
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