April 26, 2013
Hot on the trail of the ‘Need Nothing’ EP which garnered support from the likes of Maya Jane Coles, Damian Lazarus and Guy Gerber, Luca Lozano returns to his own Klasse Recordings with ‘Sail On’ featuring Amirali, another taster for his forthcoming album ‘Life In Black And White’.
For ‘Sail On’ Lozano enlists the vocal talents of Crosstown Rebels’ brightest starlet Amirali who imparts his haunting falsetto while the dexterous producer weaves a series of soft piano chords, swiftly layered with a swinging drum pattern and sharp bass. Building slowly and steadily, Amirali´s vocal is teased into the mix before it takes centre stage, adding great impetus and depth to the track and reinforcing the murky aesthetic of Lozano’s production.
First up on remix duties we have Session Victim. The German duo turn in a foot stomping, high-tempo remix that makes full use of the piano chords and takes the original into unchartered territories. Their energetic and considered interpretation retains the tapered bass and crisp drum pattern and while Amirali´s subtle vocal rolls underneath, Session Victim add adulating synths and delicate delays that lift the mood for an early morning set.
Next up is Paolo Rocco who should be no stranger to the loyal army of Klasse followers having dropped an EP on the label last July. Paolo’s delicate, ethereal remix is beautifully executed with tiny, fragile drips of subdued sound rolling beneath a deep, drawn out bass that only draws focus to Amirali´s spooky pitched down vocals. This also adds to the ominous and chilling direction that Paolo so effortlessly steers.
Rounding off the package is another Luca Lozano original – a bass jackin’ house affair that’s typical Lozano and must be played loud in order to be fully appreciated. ‘Blanket Groove’ has got a distinct breakbeat feel to it with an emotive synth that underpins a metronomic drum loop. With a deep-set bass comes a series of glitchy, leftfield sonics that fill the spaces in between.
With the ‘Sail On’ EP, Luca Lozano once more demonstrates the ease with which he travels across the spectrum of music, taking pinches of inspiration from House, Techno, Hip Hop, Soul and thus asserting himself as an artist brimming with vision, confidence and ambition.
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