One of the sensations of the year, New Yorker Nicholas Jaar is being likened to Aphex Twin when he first emerged on the scene. The kind of singular talent that immediately stands apart. Jaar’s first full-length album, Space is Only Noise, is hard to describe. It sure doesn’t sound the like the work of a 20-year old. It’s so confident in a lazy, burned out, lived in, melancholic kind of way. Recalling hot and sticky summer days in the big city, the music just barely has the energy to get up and go at times. Dashes of jazz piano here, Middle Eastern flavours there... Plus horns, splashing waves and an intriguing cast of voices, all percolating at a slow and sultry simmer. Now and then the flame comes close to being extinguished. But Jaar is one to watch.