"Twisted, raw, deep underground techno, house and electro. Crazy future music that works just as well at peak times in large clubs as it does in the early hours in small spaces." That's how Damian Lazarus explains his music. Yet, "Dr. Whisker's Theme" is a jazz-inspired, piano and bass looped downtempo track that belies his traditional sound. It's a great track, but club kids needn't worry -- his next LP, Smoke The Monster Out (May 4), is filled with bangers.
Lazarus (from London, now based in L.A.), is best known for founding the Crosstown Rebels label after his departure from City Rockers, and helping shape the sound of contemporary techno in his roles as A&R for London Records, music editor of Dazed and Confused and globally renowned DJ. Finally stepping out from behind the decks to make a fuller, lusher production in Smoke The Monster Out, Lazarus has enlisted the help of some friends for the Get Physical release.
Like Smoke..., "Whiskers" was written in collaboration with Arthur Jeffes -- son of the Penguin Café Orchestra’s Simon Jeffes -- and features the ethereal, childlike vocals of Taxi Taxi (AKA 18-year-old Swedish twins Johanna and Miriam Berhan). Like we said, Whiskers is a bit of a departure from his newest album, which is also a departure from his usual, DJ-infused dance instrumentals. Moving in all directions, Lazarus is filled with audibly delightful surprises.
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