Californian musical polymath Nalepa is revered for his wealth of collaborations with artists from all corners of the the musical sphere. A founding member of beat collective TeamSupreme, he has been embedded in Los Angeles' electronic music scene for years, whether that be through his band The Acid, his ambient drone project Airspace or through his work with the likes of Pharaoh Sanders and Bill Laswell.
Not only that, his work extends into music technology and sees him teaching Ableton Live for Dubspot as well as engineering live Ableton rigs for artists like Blood Orange, Drake and The Weeknd.
We couldn't have found a for a more fitting artist to take on this playlist really (his Airspace project's website is literally called www.airspaceistheplace.com), so here we have the five tracks that draw him up into the cosmos...
Music associated with outer space exploration has long been a favorite genre of mine. Whether it's ambient excursions that make you feel like you're floating in space, or artists using their imagination to envision life on other planets, I've been drawn to this corner of the musical universe for most of my life. My new album features a different video for each song from a talented group of artists, so with these selections I've focused on music that also has accompanying visuals that celebrate the wonder of space.
Alain Goraguer - La Femme
Alain Goraguer’s incredible score to the 1973 film La Planete Sauvage (Fantastic Planet) has long been an inspiration. “La Femme” opens the film, setting the tone with otherworldly jazz and sound effects combined with deep pocket beats that have been sampled by artists like Madlib and Flying Lotus.