Review: As the title suggests, this epic collection gathers together a bumper selection of remixes of tracks from Damian Lazarus and the Ancient Moons' sophomore set, "Heart of Sky". There's naturally plenty of floor-focused fare throughout, with highlights including Emanual Satie's moody, rumbling revisions of "All I Need To Get High", Butch's shuffling tech-house versions of the same track, Serge Devant's analogue bass-propelled peak-time take of "Feedback Loop" and La Fleur's urgent, faintly foreboding and wonderfully percussive Dub of "Five Moons". There are further high quality "big name" revisions courtesy of Black Coffee, Jamie Jones and Luciano, while Mad Professor's ludicrously heavy dub reggae re-makes of "Feedback Loop" offer intriguing, sofa friendly diversions.
Message From The Other Side (Red Axes remix) - (6:34) 120 BPM
Tangled Web (Acid Pauli remix) - (7:30) 120 BPM
Lovers Eyes (Mehmet Aslan remix) - (10:07) 117 BPM
Review: Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons' Message From The Other Side LP was released back in 2015 but is still riding on its resounding success, this time in the form of several tracks receiving some stellar remixes. Obviously there were the ones for the singles "Vermillion" and "Lovers' Eyes (Mohe Pi Ki Najariya)" but now comes Remixes From The Other Side Part I. Lazarus has called in hot Tel Aviv duo Red Axes to makeover the title track and it's as sweet as you can imagine with its combination of punk funk, psych rock and nu-disco. The now legendary Acid Pauli also steps in to remix said track and his rendition is a deep and sexy serving of low slung and bassline driven deep house. Finally Disco Halal main man Mehmet Aslan does over "Lovers Eyes", delving into some sublime and exotic Middle Eastern flavour.
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.
Review: Crosstown Rebels chief Damian Lazarus is back with The Ancient Moons on their sophomore effort, which follows up 2015's Message From The Other Side which was co-produced by James Ford (Simian Mobile Disco, Arctic Monkeys, Florence & The Machine). It features a wide assortment of vocalists and collaborators from around the world. Heart Of Sky combines his cosmic world influences with '80s soul and funk. With Lazarus' background very much in these vintage genres, he found a way to connect that heart and soul to a positive, trippy, psychedelic sound. From the the emotive and life-affirming power of "All I Need To Get High", drifting and esoteric pop-house indicative of his Crosstown sound on "All I Need To Get High" and even some sexy nu-disco deepness on "Help Me Find A Way"
All I Need To Get High (BUTCH remix) - (6:49) 120 BPM
All I Need To Get High (Ae:ther Dreaming dub remix) - (8:28) 125 BPM
Review: Crosstown Rebels head honcho Damian Lazarus and his live project The Ancient Moons released his third studio album titled Heart Of Sky around this time last year. The album's opening cut "All I Need To Get High" now receives two new renditions by two recent label signees who provide their own take on the track. The original version's arcane and evocative sense of soul gets reworked into a sublime and hypnotic daydream fantasy by the Watergate/Cocoon affiliated producer Butch - you could imagine the likes of Lee Burridge playing this one on a rooftop party somewhere this summer. This is followed by Berlin-based Italian Ae:ther's darkly hypnotic dub - which is perfect for those heads down moments under the strobelight.
Review: Feedback Loop is the latest single to be taken from Damian Lazarus and the Ancient Moons' recent album Heart of Sky, a set with far more warmth and humanity than its' deliciously trippy predecessor. For this single release, the hazy, humid and mildly druggy original - a bit like Spiritualized brought kicking and screaming into the tech-house era - is accompanied by a quartet of remixes. Serge Devant kicks things off with a shuffling, peak-time tech-house take marked out by a prominent raw, analogue bassline, before Bedouin wraps selected vocal passages, twinkling pianos and alien electronics around a tough but tactile groove. The most revolutionary - and arguably greatest - interpretations come from UK soundsystem legend Mad Professor, who delivers two thrillingly weird, psychedelic and bass-heavy dub interpretations.