Damian Lazarus finally imparts his own musical overtones for his mothership Crosstown Rebels with a special two-part EP ‘Different Now’ on limited edition 500 only coloured, hand stamped vinyl, featuring remixes from men of the moment Art Department, enigmatic genius Portable AKA Bodycode and up-and-coming hot new talent Dead Seal.
Here the DJ, turned label owner, delivers an absorbing insight into the ever-evolving mind of the musician in a typically experimental package that showcases Damian’s own raw vox and an array of remix talent that get inside the track and blast the parts into their own stratospheres.
In Part One, the A side and original mix of ‘Different Now’ is unadulterated Lazarus and the fruits of a solitary lock-in at his LA studio. A first time solo production after the critically acclaimed 2009 album ‘Smoke The Monster Out’ on Get Physical, which was a meeting of minds with Lazarus at the helm. The result is a dark, bubbling affair with a deliciously brooding bassline, futuristic deep bleeps and a dextrously padded gothic terrain of spaced out weirdness. Damian’s own stark appeal to an ill-fated love adds rugged texture and heart. Art Department answer their inevitable calling to apply their vision on the B side, lending their signature jagged synths, futuristic bleeps and rattling kick grooves in a spine-tingling remix. Lazarus was instrumental in putting together the duo of Canadian originators Kenny Glasgow and Jonny White and is about to unleash their monster debut album ‘The Drawing Board’ on the baying public.
23 May 2011