Café Ale is Los Angeles-based musician and producer Alejandro Cohen. An irreplaceable fixture in LA’s sprawling music scene, Cohen has contributed his deft auditory touch to projects ranging from the hallucinatory Balearic bliss of Pharaohs (100% Silk, International Feel, ESP Institute, Holy Mountain) to the fuzz-drench auteur pop of Languis (Plug Research, Pehr). In addition to his acclaimed musical output, Cohen is responsible for corralling a wholly inclusive and globally-minded stable of tastemakers as director of dublab, Los Angeles’ long-running radio station.
Spanning eight shimmering sketches, 'Transformative Nature" marks Café Ale‘s debut set of recordings. With help from a revolving cast of collaborators, Cohen has crafted a tantalizing medley of evocative, rhythmic burners suited more for a breezy sunset than the dance floor.
Opener “Devout” is an uplifting drift of noise and melody, floating down a river of serrated drones and serene piano keys. “Push-me Pull-U” unfurls its noir-ish, neon-flecked careen through saxophone-littered vistas. “Subir Es Lo Mejor” slithers with a muted and stuttering house beat, perfectly balancing rhythmic meditation with hypnotic transcendence. “Hymn” dials the narrative back into a warbled and woozy ambient symphony of synthetic beauty.
“Stranded” plays out like an autumnal raga for an unseasonably warm backyard house party, while “Dress’n Up” nods to some grand and cosmic melodrama. “Dead Child Song” brings a disarmingly moving melody of love and loss, countered by closer “Fallen Angel,” a curiously shoegaze-y traipse through a slurred and heady, effects-laden dream sequence.
A captivating statement that shows Cohen’s dynamic, wide-ranging, and wholly unique approach to dance music.
released October 27, 2017
Café Ale is Alejandro Cohen.
'Transformative Nature' also features Sam Cooper & Casey Butler