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Ian Allen Nova‘s Lounge

New Jersey producer Ian Allen‘s debut smacks of relaxed sophistication, lending itself just as easily to swank fashionista soireés as it does to your bedroom. Nova‘s Lounge‘s lush, jazz-inflected pieces are thoughtfully produced but, like many new producers, Allen sometimes falls back on monotonous phrasing, making one yearn for his lovely beats to take a more purposeful direction ("Meet Me Halfway"). Allen is most engaging when he ventures into more percussive territory, using simple but catchy syncopated rhythms ("Kabena") or lean house lines ("Soho Movement").

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