Exclusive Premiere: Lukas Lyrestam – To Hope Is 2 Hurt (Skint Records)

An alluring, and impressive timeless track by Swedish musician Lukas Lyrestam. Between the soulful, hazy vocal delivery and deep-house sensibilities, ‘To Hope Is 2 Hurt’ pivots between long summer days and hot summer nights. A fitting addition to the legendary Skint Records stable.

“As with all good house music, To Hope Is 2 Hurt and the “Vibe” mix are about transcending circumstance and empowering yourself to be who you want to be. Daring to be vulnerable enough to feel something even though it’s frightening, an experience that’s both painful and rewarding. Much love to the house-music legend Nicole for providing some vocals to go along with my own.” – Lukas Lyrestam

Merging the worlds of 80s pop and contemporary deep house, Lukas Lyrestam bridges the emotional worlds of electronic music with straight retro-rollers. With releases on legendary labels like Skylax Records, Common Labour and many more plus props from legends of the scene like Gerd Janson, Todd Edwards, Mano Le Tough, Soul Clap and more keep an eye on this one as he rolls out a swashbuckling live show filled with guitars and vocal acrobatics.

Born in Sweden but raised in London this grafter of deep-house has run a vinyl-only record label for the last five years as well as events in bookings at legendary institutions like Ministry of Sound and EGG. Having DJ’d internationally for the last 5 years as well as thrown his own fair share of illegal underground parties on the continent this young man’s dance-floor instincts are very well-honed.

Having recently spent time in Paris and relocated to Berlin, house-legend Hardrock Striker (collaborator of DJ Sprinkles, LARRY HEARD etc.) oversaw Lukas’ recent and most complete piece of work – When 2 Bodies Become One, which came out in 2020.

This unique collage of house, electronica and retro vibes was supported across the board by a huge variety of DJs and publications like HERCULES and Love Affair, Surgeon, DJ Deep, Luke Slater, Red Axes, Jennifer Cardini, Sandrien, Ivan Smagghe, Dublab, Redlight Radio, NTS, Mixmag and Pitchfork. The future’s looking bright for Lukas as the vanguard of electronic music stamps their seal of approval.

‘To Hope Is To Hurt’ is released on 2nd July through Skint Records.


About the Author

Director and DJ, Ian French (Naif) is passionate about every genre of music from Breakbeat, to Drum & Bass, to Techno and House. If he was to describe his preferred style of music he would probably describe it simply as electronic music. Besides his love for music and DJing his other passions are travel, wine, and eating too much good food!