Review: Damian Lazarus is usually good at spotting musical trends, then reinterpreting them in his own occasional singles. The globally focused Ancient Moons project, which sees him working alongside Simian Mobile Disco's James Ford and various musicians and vocalists from around the world - is a perfect example. Here, the tech-house-meets-world-music jam "Lovers Eyes (Mohe Pi Ki Majariya)" is remixed by Mendo and Dixon. Both producers make extensive use of the traditional qawwali vocals, with Mendo layering them over a thrusting, Panorama Bar-friendly darkroom rhythm. Dixon, meanwhile, goes deeper still, delivering a chugging, Innervisions style groover that makes great use of the original's traditional Asian percussion.
Lovers Eyes (Mohe Pi Ki Najariya) - (7:27) 117 BPM
Inner Core - (1:58) 144 BPM
Message From The Other Side - (4:32) 120 BPM
Trouble At The Seance - (8:36) 120 BPM
We Will Return - (7:05) 123 BPM
Sacred Dance Of The Demon - (5:56) 119 BPM
Eyes Won't Let Me Hide - (4:20) 135 BPM
Create The Age - (3:27) 85 BPM
Tangled Web - (6:27) 120 BPM
Vermillion (Reprise) - (3:37) 143 BPM
Review: Crosstown Rebels boss Damian Lazarus seems to be mellowing with age - or at least getting more artistically adventurous. This follow-up to his 2009 debut, Smoke The Monster Out, was co-produced by Simian Mobile Disco's James Ford in LA. London and Mexico, with the assistance of an impressive cast of musicians from around the world. While rooted in the kind of tactile house and techno most associated with the evergreen hipster, Message From The Other Side is impressively psychedelic, otherworldly and stargazing in outlook. The album's woozy, horizontal appeal is therefore enhanced by Lazarus and Ford's use of Indian instrumentation, African percussion and impeccable keys-work from American jazz pianist Eric Lewis.