Emil Amos and Alex Hall are flirting with the makings of a masterpiece in Midnight Features Vol. 2: Made Flesh.
From the mournful opening breaths of “Roses & Kisses” – a new
career high point for the band – it’s obvious they are charting a
dynamic new course that simultaneously pays tribute to and explodes the
legendary beatmakers that came before. Midnight Features Vol. 2
skins traditional hip-hop to its bones, then builds it back up with the
flesh of Eastern European private press psych records, obscure film
soundtracks, indistinguishable radio broadcasts, library tapes, and who
knows what else from who knows where else.
The most remarkable feat of Midnight Features Vol. 2
is not the impressive array of sound sources, but how Lilacs have
managed to orchestrate so many seemingly disparate genres into one
cohesive future music. They execute sudden changes in mood and tone with
uncanny dexterity and grace – a feat made more impressive by their
newly expanded line-up that includes Jay Clarke (Ash Black Bufflo) and Zac Reno. They’ve clearly found their groove, and they’re just starting to dig in.
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