Sacramento based experimental producer Michael RJ Saalman describes his 'Lxus Shaq' EP as '... the album I've been searching for inside myself. It's a manifestation of all my inspirations . . . the beginning of my most deeply conceived direction.' It draws on almost all of Michael's closest friends, with vocal contributions from Alak and a truly meticulously prepared collection of b-side remixes including virtually all of his longtime collaborators. On 'Ripe Hymns' Saalman used pop production to create a series of evocative vignettes, complex and twisted beat passages, whimsical, but that often resolved into more. 'Lxus Shaq' is a step beyond those recordings, full of unusual vocal treatments, surreal lyrics, and a much more confidently open style of production. His overriding interest in the minuscule components, even the minutiae of mainstream pop remains, but here Saalman does more to extrapolate those novelties into complete gestures, breaking their components down and assembling them seamlessly into something simultaneously familiar and foreign.
"...constructs a world of experimental pop tunes that spark sonic hallucinations through osculating synths." -Submerge Magazine
"...shadowy and strange . . . born out of a dystopia where everybody is smiling, but dead." -BurnFM