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As one of the more pivotal figures in the house and techno genres, Damian Lazarus has been around for the better part of two decades. As a DJ and producer, as well as an A&R person and label operator for Crosstown Rebels, he’s become a tastemaker known for jet-setting across the globe to play the world’s craziest dance parties. After ten years since the release of his last studio album, 2010’s Smoke The Monster Out, Lazarus now returns with his newest solo endeavor, Flourish. That’s not where the good news stops either. The LP’s first record is out in a three-track pack, “Mountain.”
“My early ideas about a new album were quite dark, pessimistic even,” Lazarus explains on reviving his solo album efforts. “I had long been thinking and worrying about the problems of the world. Then, the global pandemic and subsequent lockdown began and my fears seemed to become reality. But while writing, these themes actually started to transform in an uplifting way. The new songs came together quite quickly, with renewed impetus, and mutated into a more positive outlook. Questions about faith, religion, and spirituality all appeared amidst the darkness and fear, but in those times of quiet solitude and creation, I came to realize we can emerge into the sun and flourish on the other side.”
Not only is “Mountain” his first release from his forthcoming LP, it’s the first record since a tantalizing remix of Claude VonStroke and Green Velvet’s “Jolean.” True to his sonic style, “Mountain” is a transcendental electronic piece bent on connecting listeners to a higher plane of being. Laced with penetrating synths, a deep, barbed-wire beat, Lazarus’s own barreling vocal, and an angelic female sample, the sound design swings between grounding house number and meditative transcendence.
The new single is also accompanied by two remixes, with Tornado Wallace using a minimal aesthetic and Tibi Dabo bringing deep house grooves to the record.