Anjuna mainstay Luttrell unveils evocative, transcendant sophomore album, ‘Lucky Ones’
Luttrell only just released his debut studio album, Into Clouds, last year. The project was received with such high praise from critics and fans alike, that it caused quite the whirlwind for the then-newcomer onto Ajunabeats. So much so that the San Francisco native is already making his swift return to the UK imprint with his second LP, titled Lucky Ones. He’s already released several singles off the album, including “My Friend The Sun,” “What Do You Feel?” and “Some Other Time.”
Anchored in themes of gratitude and celebration, Luttrell’s Lucky Ones LP is a collection of 11 meticulously crafted cuts which see him draw from a deep pool of personal influences, from The Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, and The Prodigy. The album also circles around the artist’s love for San Francisco and Burning Man, time spent as a student in Berlin, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, and even winning The Price Is Right.
“I am incredibly lucky to have such enthusiastic and amazing support behind this project and this album is dedicated to all of my fans and listeners,” says Luttrell in a press release. “I hope the songs on this album make you smile, make you dance and most of all, make you feel all the feels. Enjoy!”
Now with eight more colorful, meticulously composed records to round out the album, Luttrell has effectively proven that he’s no one-off hot newcomer. Quite the opposite, in fact. Lucky Ones is a statement that Luttrell is here to stay. So sit down, or stand up and dance — either way, stay a while and envelop yourself in these tunes. From the vast expansive terrains on “Universal Theory,” to the more dance inducing track, “Synergy 2000,” to tracks like “Albanian Summer” and “Dipper” that renew and invigorate, there’s no lack of dynamic range here. This is full-spectrum, intelligent sound design that anyone can dance to, ascend to, form bonds to, and more.
First breaking into electronic music as one-third of the OWSLA-affiliated group, The M Machine, Eric Luttrell launched his solo project in 2016 with his widely circulated Need You EP, while Anjunadeep catalog favorites Generate EP and Annie Mac’s Hottest Record In The World, “Intergalactic Plastic,” followed in quick succession. Now with a lauded debut album under his belt, Luttrell’s unique brand of quirky melodic house and techno has cemented his name as one of the scenes most hotly tipped talents. It’s the kind of reputation that has been opening doors to working with Moby, Tycho, Jai Wolf, What So Not, and more, all of whom commissioned remixes from the rising Anjuna star.
As an accompaniment to the release, Eric Luttrell will also embark on his most extensive headline tour to date, with 23 shows across North America through summer.
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