Co La is the new solo project of Baltimore-based Matthew Papich, a self-titled “music designer, reggae user, and lifestyle producer”.
Once a member of the Baltimore experimental group Ecstatic Sunshine, Papich has branched out to release his debut solo album Daydream Repeater in 2011 (NNA Tapes). Rooted in the movement of New Exotica, in Daydream Repeater Papich designs his sonic territory as a minimalist collagist, using often highly-recognizable samples to create something that harkens to vintage Jamaican dub/rocksteady, and New Wave and 50’s American Pop in spirit, but is ultimately buffed to a digital, electronic music sheen. For all seeking an attitude adjustment in the era of austerity, Co La’s cultivated luxury sound, filled with detachment bordering on artificiality, will come as an obvious reaction. Wearing his influences on his sleeve, Papich also avoids trying to recreate the genres he so heavily samples, instead opting for an eerie, disassociated breeziness within his clean, light loops, embodying pristine holiday landscapes, plastic glitz, made-to-order roadtrips, and nonchalant touristic consumerism.
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