In the past year or so, LPH has increasingly been turning its focus to Sweden, grabbing records by HNNY, M.D.C., and Name In Lights, and remixes from Kornél Kovács and Shakarchi & Stranéus. The label's next release, an EP by Gothenburg-based newcomer, André Laos, indicates owners Nik Mercer and Jacques Renault have no intention of disassociating themselves from the nation!
The EP—titled Roundabout and loosely themed around traffic signals— will indubitable make its way to myriad spring and summer playlists; it's warm, smooth, juicy, and has just enough kick to make you woozy in the head while you succumb to its infectious hooks as they crawl up your spine and pluck your heartstrings. The fun starts with “Detour,” a supple disco-infused boogie decked out with punchy keys, fuzzy female vocals, shimmering hats, and carefree drums that are ever so slightly behind the beat. If the track was a drink, it'd be an icy daiquiri, sweating in the sun. Following the original is Session Victim's remix, a decidedly more sultry and patient—albeit shorter—statement. Flush with horns and stuttered synth licks, the Germans' version sounds merrily drunk on wine and a full stomach.
Flip the record and find “Yield,” another tropical ditty, though, unlike “Detour,” it's urgent and more intense. Here, the rolling drums are sharp and pronounced, the vocals keenly in focus, and the melodies more rigid, but that doesn't mean the tune won't decimate dancefloors! The 12” is concluded with a melancholic ballad of sorts called “One Way” that will give you gosebumps as it sways you to sleep (or out the door or into the moonless night, depending on where you're at). A robust and confident final statement, “One Way” makes it clear that Roundabout is only the first of many chapters to come in Laos' book. Stay tuned.
Published: 13th March 2014