Recently I had break from recording and spent some time actualy listening to records and concocting a few mix’s. I still bang away with vinyl not because I am purist who sniffs it all day, it’s becuase I can’t use cd decks and ableton to me is just hard and long winded, though I am sure if you get your head round the bloody thing, you would save tears and stop objects being thrown when you mess it up around the 50 min mark.
My first mix to be unleashed to the world went on Richard Waltons “Seamless Show” no pressure with a title like that. Richard has a monthly slot on Pure FM Where he works hard to promote all things good about nu disco and house. I became very excited on hearing my mix on the radio with a jingle over the top. It doesn’t take much anymore.
My next mix to found itself on the airwaves, ended up on a Japanese station organised by a Mexican which I just found out is a lovely girl/women/lady named Alma. The mix has already had 240 odd plays in 16 hours, which f I find pretty amazing. What I love about this, is that mixing a few records together in a basement in Surrey can end up being listened to all round the world…..You gotta love technology sometimes, click away (more technology) and have a listen.
You always get a few left over tracks when recording an album, not always because they are crap, you just can’t fit them all onto a CD and some songs just don’t work with the overall feel.
So what do you do with these left over gems? You give them away I reckon. Click on the mushroom for a trip to the looking glass.
The Album “Find a Way” is finally out after quite a few months in the studio. The reviews are coming thick and fast but I will leave you with some words from the label. I hope you enjoy it
After a handful of smashing remixes, compilation features and solo EP on Nang Records, Lusty Zanzibar returns to the fold with a cracking full-length titled ‘Find A Way.’
The first track, ‘Feeling’ (taken from his preceding EP) is a spaced out exercise in immersive square-wave programming, reminiscent of the pre-internet computer gaming age when colours were 8-bit.’Yeah’ follows, and it’s a superb excursion in romanticised 80′s synthesis, with a sultry vocal from Muneerah, which flits in and out of the arpeggios beautifully.
‘Luminous Motion’ is exactly that, with its sharp staccato riffs punctuating it’s lucent heart. Muneerah’s vocal talent returns in ‘In My Life,’ which is a sexy slo-mo number that brings the vibe down a gear. On the other hand, ‘Girls From Zanzibar’ is a pumped up vocoder journey, the beats are solid and the synth work is pleasantly understated for our man Lusty.
‘For My Friends’ is an instrumental Arp ditty, with vibrato accents and sparse robotic groans. The mood is then charged once again with Muneerah’s charm in ‘Don’t Stop On The Beat,’ which is real favorite here at Nang towers. ‘On Our Way To Bliss’ plucks and rolls it’s way in and out of shuffled rhythms and decorative synths, followed by ‘You Jealous Now,’ which erupts with melodious 80′s themes and a catchy vocal lick.
‘Your Soul Has Got Desire’ slinks along with a walking bassline and intricate percussion, leading into the final outing: ‘I walk Into The Night,’ which powers down with a vivid spectrum of crisp synth lines amalgamating into a melancholic breakdown, all repeating to the outro.
All in all, it’s a hyper-colourful full length from our man Lusty Zanzibar, and something we’re very proud of. Nang, out
Okay well I thought I should get a little blog up and going. So the first post has got to be about my new single so here I go.
The Feeling EP
Lusty Zanzibar returns with a cracking solo effort named the ‘The Feeling EP.’
Title track is a spaced out exercise in immersive square-wave programming, reminiscent of the pre-internet computer gaming age when colours were 8-bit and vivid, and soundtracks were hyper-colour opuses. The complex synth work is underpinned by a driving beat with ethereal vocal wisps and crystalline pads.
The first of three remixes for ‘The Feeling’ comes from Ilya Santana, with his ‘Celestial Version,’ and celestial it is indeed! A Picturesque scene is set, the rhythm is wound back and a super laid back vibe allows the vocal line ‘remember how you’re feeling’ to sit more purposefully in the mix, alongside the tip-toeing bass line and often euphoric chords. The second remix comes from Fear of Theydon who brings a touch of arpeggiated femininity and tasteful woodblock percussion to the table. It’s a fulfilling yet sultry up-beat journey.
up next we have a brace of Max Essa mixes for the track ‘Yeah.’ the vocal hooks floats effortlessly over the 80′s tinged instrumental with a thumping bassline and shedloads of groove. The dub version introduces some arp-synth subtleties; replacing the main vocal hook to great effect.
To finish, Fear Of Theyodon steps up to the mark again with his Downtempo Mix of ‘The Feeling,’ an open-roof rendition that’s cranked right back to 100bpm or so. An excellent end to another lean selection for Nang.