• Damian Lazarus Reveals Artist Album, Messages From The Other Side, & Announces US Tour
• KiNK lands on Running Back with Cloud Generator
• Barnt Announces Upcoming Remix 12″; Preview It Now
Damian Lazarus Reveals Artist Album, Messages From The Other Side
A career spent DJing across the globe was the catalyst for Damian Lazarus’s latest project – Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons. Masterminded by Lazarus the album brings together a wide assortment of vocalists, collaborators and players from around the world. Taking inspiration from Lazarus’s Lazpod series, Get Lost events and Day Zero festival in Mexico, this is music for deserts, jungles and sunrises.
Kicking off in LA, Lazarus was joined at the production controls by James Ford (Simian Mobile Disco, Arctic Monkeys, Florence) as the album moved to London, and then final recording sessions completed in Mexico . The resulting album, ‘Message From the Other Side’, is a revelation. It runs the gamut from the wonderful Qawwali-flavoured techno of last year’s alternative dance hit ‘Lovers Eyes (Mohe Pi Ki Najariya)’ to the African-tinged house of ‘Sacred Dance of the Demon’, dense dark ambient of ‘Inner Core’, and the bubbling depths of forthcoming single Vermillion, this is a rich and ambitious album.
“There is nothing that compares to DJing under the stars” Lazarus explains “In the night air or being responsible for soundtracking the rising of the sun and I wanted to create an album that reflects these beautiful moments.”
Lazarus brought together the widest range of musicians to achieve his goals. Initially there was Moses Sumney, an LA singer-songwriter and guitarist whose vocals light up the dynamic deep house groove of ‘Vermillion’, and the epic closing number, ‘Tangled Web’. Lazarus’s long-standing friend and associate Ali Love, contributes vocals to the soulful groove of ‘We Will Return’.
Other collaborations came from further afield. Hossam Ramzy, an Egyptian master- percussionist, most famous for his work on Jimmy Page and Robert Plant’s ‘No Quarter’ album laid down the amazing rhythm tracks for the Ancient Moons. ELEW (Eric Lewis), an American jazz pianist played a ‘treated piano’ in an unexpected, experimental way. Lazarus and Ford turned to Andrew Waterworth, double bassist with the acclaimed Penguin Café for the album’s lush string arrangements courtesy of Mexico’s Yucatan Symphony Orchestra.
Meanwhile, Fareed Ayaz, Abu Muhammad and Hamza Akram, are Pakistan’s leading exponents of Qawwali singing, the hypnotic sacred Sufi music that Lazarus fell in love with after hearing it on the soundtrack of political thriller ‘The Reluctant Fundamentalist’. They appear not only on ‘Lovers Eyes (Mohe Pi Ki Najariya)’, but also the spaced out, sitar-laden ‘Amber Palace’, a piece that features the sitar work of Sidartha Siliceo, a former student of Ravi Shankar.
Keen to include an Afro-beat flavour, Lazarus turned to the studio owner brother’s wife, a princess of Guinean origin whose vocals became the centrepiece of the bubbly, joyful ‘Sacred Dance of the Demon’. Adding to the vibe on the same track is an appearance by Mozambican guitar prodigy Neco Novellas.
By gathering this gumbo of music from across the globe Lazarus has created a collection that’s as happy on the dancefloor as off, a set of songs and moods that work both as an album and, when cherry-picked, as a groove that would move from Ibiza to San Francisco to the UK festival circuit. It’s also a body of work that will be coming to life and touring when they hit the road in 2015.
The Ancient Moons have confirmed the following US dates – with further festival dates to be announced soon.
Message From The Other Side:
1.House Of The Hidden Places
2.Adventures Of The Ancient Moons
5.Lovers’ Eyes (Mohe Pi Ki Najriya)
7.Message From The Other Side
8.Trouble At The Seance (Edit)
9.We Will Return
10. Sacred Dance Of The Demon
11. Eyes Won’t Let Me Hide
12. Create The Age
13. Tangled Web
14. Vermillion (Reprise)
Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons Live:
12th March – Verboten, Brooklyn, New York
13th March – Mack Sennett Studios, Los Angeles
14th March – CRSSD Festival, San Diego
21st May – IMS Dalt Vila, Ibiza
30th May – Forbidden Fruit Festival, Ireland
WITH more festival shows to be announced
KiNK lands on Running Back with Cloud Generator
Cloud Generator, which was inspired by the hardware named in the title, marks Strahil Velchev’s first appearance on Gerd Janson’s label. Janson describes it as “music for big rooms, wide eyes and small brains.” He adds: “[Expect] computer nerd symphonies and cyberpunk melodies for clubs, roofless raves and virtual racing games. Wilhelm Reich and William Gibson would enjoy this.”
Watch KiNK’s RA Sessions performance below.
01. Cloud Generator
03. Pocket Piano (Breakbeat Mix)
04. Pocket Piano
Running Back will release Cloud Generator in March 2015.
Barnt Announces Upcoming Remix 12″; Preview It Now
Apparently, Barnt (pictured above) wasn’t planning to release any remixes of his 2014 album Magazine 13, a record which we placed in the top 10 of our releases of the year list. It seems, though, that the combined talents of Tale of Us, Recondite, and Jens-Uwe Beyer have been enough to change that, with the Cologne-based Barnt having just announced plans to drop a two-track remix 12″ by the name of Magazine 131.
According to Barnt, neither of the two remixes were officially commissioned, rather being the result of the artists taking it on themselves to rework the album track “Cherry Red” for use in their own sets. Both new versions subsequently made it into Barnt’s sets too, and eventually prompted this release. Now, the resulting collaborative remix from Tale of Us and Recondite, and Jens-Uwe Beyer’s solo retooling of “Cherry Red” can be previewed below before the remix package sees its official release on April 13 via Magazine.