Al Lover – Cosmic Joke

Turn down the lights, sink into a comfortable couch and slip on a good pair of over-ear headphones and let Al Lover take you on a celestial journey with his latest record, Cosmic Joke.

On his first LP since 2019’s Existential Everything, the famed LA-based producer and musician has delivered a molten slab of grooving electro-psych that takes you on a tour throughout the various styles and approaches of that genre.

Lover, who has worked in the past with the likes of the Levitation Festival, Anton Newcombe and Goat, moves across this album from trippy dub tracks and eerie ambient soundscapes to kosmische freakouts and hypnotic trance cuts with ease. This kaleidoscopic array of ever-shifting styles and flavors plays out like one of Lover’s many artfully crafted DJ mixes and beat-tapes that he’s released over the years. If there’s one person who knows how to jump from the vibes of Harmonia to King Tubby and then to Suicide seamlessly within the space of 10 minutes, it’s Lover.

From the slamming prog anthem that is “Integrated Paradox” to the BBC Radiophonic Workshop-like wonky atmospheres of “Ultimate Reality (Question),” Lover utilizes throbbing analog synthesizers, stuttering drum machines and astral guitars, among many other instruments to bring his creations to life.

For a retro-futurism soundscape that you can zone out and also dance to, grab yourself a copy of Cosmic Joke from Fuzz Club when it drops tomorrow.


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Published by Record Crates United

Keith Hadad, the creator and manager of RCU, has been a contributing writer to Elmore Magazine and and maintains a regular column, “Keith Hadad’s Choice,” in Blicker magazine. His writing has also appeared in the Smithsonian Folkways' Guest Blog and the Optical Sounds Fanzine. Also, please check out the blog's super-active Instagram account, @recordcratesunited for daily blurb-styled music reviews.

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