Galcher Lustwerk is a Brookly-based house producer who releases through his own Lustwerk Music as well as boutique label White Material. In a world of open-book, heart-on-your-sleeve, spread eagle nudie leaks, it’s awfully refreshing to learn there are still some that keep their shit tight and cards held close. Getting into Lustwerk has involved some of the most online dirt-digging and Where-is-Waldory I’ve ever subjected myself to, as much of his material is accessible only by limited-press vinyl (which upon release I’m sure disappeared like a fresh kill to ravenous hyenas). His phenomenal (and free!) 1-hour mix “100% Galcher” for mixtape hosts Blowing Up The Workshop is the closest thing us non-aficionados will come to attaining much of his work.
It’s hard to pinpoint exactly what of Galcher Lustwerk makes his music so addictive, but let’s see what I can conjure up here. Foremost, he’s somewhat of an oddity in the house world, in that he raps over much of his productions. Lustwerk’s vocal performance is a lackluster, almost vapid, monotonous drone that in isolation would be drab and unappealing; but nestled atop this dark beat-based foundation with scarce yet critical movements, his utterances become enchanting as the Pied Piper. Permeating his sound is a drug-soaked, blackout drunken hypnosis; like you’ve stumbled your way home at 4am and flopped onto the couch, shoes still on, face down in a throw pillow, with a muted next door party emanating through the wall. He’s the tinnitus-bathed stumbling stupor as you walk outside the club, dance music cross-fading to the sounds of the city.
For those up to the challenge, some 10 Galcher Lustwerk tracks are available on iTunes, but the rest are found scattered throughout the www – namely EPs “Nu Day”, “Tape 22”, and a slew of other random bangers. You can find other avenues of his craft via side projects Road Hog and Studio OST. Update: the afterparty continues with no-longer-so-recent Bandcamp-hosted LP “Dark Bliss” featuring some Galcher’s best to date – try the belligerent trance “Yo“).
Favourite track: Put On… “One minute I’m on, next minute I’m gone.”