Club veteran & downright musical legend Lee Burridge is back with a fresh slice of unadulterated tech house for Matt Tolfrey’s Leftroom Records. Deep and thrillingly exotic with a touch of weirdness, the ‘Here’s Johnny’ EP is a feast for the senses exquisitely complimented by a duo of highly adept remixes from Miami’s groove-maker Lazaro Casanova.
Lee Burridge has been spreading his musical Midas touch around the globe for 26 years, tirelessly touring and travelling the world, soaking up and pioneering music scenes from Hong Kong to Thailand to London to Miami through to Berlin. It would take an age to fully explain the influence Lee has had on house and techno music but it’s plain to say that his infectious spirit and party- throwing finesse shows no sign of slowing. Aside from his hugely successful compilations and mixes for the Balance series or Fabric as Tyrant (with Craig Richards) Lee has also been quietly carving out a reputation as a producer with his ‘Wongel’ EP co-produced by Matthew Dekay being the biggest selling single on Cecille records in 2010.
Lazaro Casanova is a rising star on the global scene. Already a respected Producer, DJ and label owner of petFood, he began as a resident for the infamous Revolver parties in Miami and has been picking up accolades ever since. His productions have garnered support from the likes of Oscar G, Nic Fanciulli, Seth Troxler, Lee Curtis, Radio Slave and Adultnapper and by pricking the ears of Leftroom label boss Matt Tolfrey, this will be the first of many planned collaborations.
The original ‘Here’s Johnny’ in this package sets the bar with its deeply layered rainforest of sounds and lush instrumentals, carefully weaving the instrumentals through into crystal clear atmospherics. The wobbling bassline becomes a central dynamic along with those haunted cries, synth lines and bouncing kick drum.
On double remix duty, Lazaro Casanova takes the original in different directions for the ‘Haunted Vocal Mix’, with a thumping bass beat intro, floating tribal cries enriched by undulating keys that echo and reverb. Midway a languid tripped out vocal sways back and forth hypnotising with a shimmering rise of cymbals and groove-led drums. It’s impossible not to be carried along by the sheer force of the rhythms.
‘The Rainy Night Mix’ has a purer house groove indulging the keys and kicks with the literal elements of rain and thunder providing a stormy late night mood. As a whole, Lee’s debut package for the off-centre Leftroom label indicates a winning combination and will pack a serious punch for those who like their techno raw and lusty yet laced with gentle touches.