The Artist/Album: Nicolas Jaar, Space Is Only Noise (Circus Company, 2011)
A Short Review: Like Matthew Dear‘s last couple LPs, Nicolas Jaar’s buzz-stirring debut isn’t a dance album, per se. Come to think of it, we’re not sure what it’s trying to achieve. And that’s exactly why it’s one of the year’s first truly promising LPs–because it doesn’t subscribe to any particular subgenre or scene. If anything, it’s simply a sketchbook of what Jaar is a capable of (samples that sound like scrambled memories, hooks that take hours to digest, beats that drop as they damn well please), with enough jumping off points for at least three records down the road.