Just weeks after releasing his new studio album Flourish, Damian Lazarus returns with two cinematic remixes of the stunning Jem Cooke collaboration, ‘Into The Sun’. Damian carefully chose two of modern electronic music’s most celebrated producers to reimagine the original, welcoming unique takes from Mano Le Tough and Nathan Fake.
Lazarus remains a curator fixated on showcasing new sounds and emerging talent in everything he does. Much like his tenure breaking artists and pushing boundaries through the influence of Crosstown Rebels, he has brought an innate sense of purpose to Flourish’s remix selection.
The package leads with the distinctly delicate touch of Mano Le Tough, an Irishman who’s quest for deeper dancefloors has made him one of the scenes most in-demand artists. Mano’s Crosstown debut adds to an already decorated discography across labels like Pampa, Permanent Vacation and his own Maeve. Adorned with his signature pitch bending and uniquely layered percussion, his remix retains the hopefulness embodied by the original while priming it for the return of rave.
Nathan Fake brings a different set of tools to the package, wielding a sense of grit and atmosphere that can be heard throughout his Blizzards album released this year on his own Cambria Instruments. His remix retains the broken beat energy and haunting mood of ‘Into The Sun’ while remapping its melody for both beauty and cadence. It is this elevated understanding of texture and suspense that has earned mainstay status from Ninja Tune and Border Community while attracting remixes for Radiohead, Jon Hopkins and Tiefschwarz to name a few.
Flourish takes us through the many lives of Damian Lazarus, who, as he has grown older, and traversed the globe, has come to more deeply examine the role the dance floor plays in his own life and that of others. With parties cancelled, it would have been easy to wallow, but instead, urgency took hold, and isolated Italian countryside Damian took the space to tackle the larger questions he has been grappling with for years.
For ‘Flourish’ to blossom into its fullest potential, Damian has joined forces with Diplo’s Higher Ground for the album’s release in the Americas. The two artists share a deep bond around uncovering the dance music leaders of tomorrow through their respective brands. ‘Flourish’ additionally serves as Higher Ground’s first-ever album release, a fitting benchmark for house music’s newest North American stronghold.
Damian’s work reminds us that however taxing the journeys (and what a journey lockdown has been), there are always moments of beauty to be found.