Almost immediately something was off with Initiation Rituals. It’s not the production, which is stellar (Kroupa uses no less than 50 distinct live samples for each Alleged witches track), but rather the choice of samples that is strange.


As the city begins to open up again, I believe more and more definitively that Galcher Lustwerk’s Proof was my top album of COVID isolation. In early July, Lustwerk released Proof on Ghostly International, a quick, 27-minute infusion of deep house, hip hop inspired vocals, jazz instrumentals and far-out, austere chord leads.