Damian Lazarus – Moment In The Dark EP – Crosstown Rebels

What does music mean to you? Is it a collection of sounds signifying a certain feeling, or a location in time? Or perhaps it’s the distortion of reality you find all the more appealing? Whatever it does, it does have to transcend time. It has to feel the same way then as now. Afterall, that’s how good music lasts as seconds decay. Smoke The Monster Out was first released in 2009 on Get Physical and listening again to the two title tracks sparks the imagination all over again. Moment, regenerates that fuzzy, buzzy sense of probing uncertainty which excites as its intro builds, minus drums, into a joyous expectation soon to be offset by darker percussive, synthesized moods. New versions now also appear from Adam Port who transports it via heavier beats, while retaining the delicate piano and voiced melodies. And from Satori whose punctuating rhythms shuffle off into eastern climes care off sumptuous stringed instrumentation. Next, the short blast of Diamond In The Dark chimes acoustically like Pink Floyd mangled, and is now accompanied by Tibi Dabo’s future reaching, tougher interpretation exploring the rigorous imagination posed by the original recording. And somewhat beautifully too.

Release: August 30



Rampa, &ME and Adam Port – You Are Safe – Keinemusik

The blazing urgency of the opening title track, You Are Safe suggests you are anything but. Although the reassurance of the quality of the music contained within is a relief to know. The trio of artists have created not only breath-taking moments but also a sense of necessity that this primal music is important for your well-being. Moods lift and fall while all the while you are very much tuned into 2017, and with not a Disco re-edit insight you can safely exist in the excitement of the here and now. Experience the irresistible percussion fuelled rhythms and impassioned vocals of Guilt Trip or the melodic temptations of the R&B flavoured Bumper featuring Nomi Ruiz, or indeed the piano punctuated swansong that is Muyè. Either way it feels like much of life’s music is covered and explored on this collection of songs and atmosphere’s.

Release: November 24