'Leisure Time' is the third cassette and first full-length from Tallinn-based producer and beatmaker Luurel Varas, following the a beautiful self-released debut and split cassette for Estonia's Trash Can Dance imprint in 2016. All three tapes have experimented with collage and atmospherics, and all three have been hypnotic, bathed in warmth thanks to a penchant for proper cassette masters. With 'Leisure Time' he offers nearly an hour of soulful beats, jazzy swoon, and psychedelic vignettes, shot through with an increasingly wry sense of humor. 'Leisure Time' is an absorbing collection, perfectly conducive of its titular pursuit -- maybe depending a bit on the listener, or the pursuit!
"...wild but composed . . . finds an unexpected resolve in its defiant musicality." -Nooga
"Estonia’s Luurel Varas crafts beats which playfully smack. His sound is relaxed but not too laid back; it’s not as loungey as someone like Monster Rally. It’s lush but not too pillowy. It’s also quite busy, but it’s never hard to follow. Basically, he sounds like he could easily be from L.A. or Detroit, but he holds his own against producers half a world away from him." -The Answer is in the Beat
"Combining lo-fi hip-hop beats with intimate psychedelia and hazy vocal samples, Luurel Varas’ 'Leisure Time' evokes feelings of nostalgia as well as the untold future. Never settling into a comfortable headspace, the music is always evolving and jumping between feelings." -Tallinn Music Week
"...an odyssey for the ears." -Cassette Gods
"Eesti muusika Robin Hood paneb tükikaupa pihta helisid, segab need oma biitide, mustrite ja meloodiatega, annab need vaestele ja rikastele ning sunnib kassettmaki tolmust puhtaks pühkima." -Müürileht
"Interesting . . . experimental instrumental music." -Happening
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