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The past year for Laurence Blake aka Citizen has been an ever-evolving rise to fame, with material on Kerri Chandler’s MadTech and MadHouse imprints, as well as highly praised singles for Love Fever and W&O Street Tracks. Here Laurence pushes on for what’s set to be another amazing year for the artist, with a single for 2020Vision, joining the likes of Audiojack, FCL, Huxley, Crazy P and Motor City Drum Ensemble on the roster.
Opening the single is the punchy infectious sounds of ‘U Don’t Know’, a stunning classic meets contemporary cut built around rock-sturdy rhythms, a classic Hammond organ hook-line and heavily reverberated vocal murmurs. While earth-shattering, rumbling subs build a profound depth, and delicate processing such as expansive reverb tails and dubby echoes allow the composition to subtly blossom as thing progress, kicking things off in style.
Following is ‘As One’ which stays on a similar house focused tip with swinging, bouncy beats, hypnotic female vocal snippets and a cosseting pad melody. The track steadily builds throughout its six-minute duration, with Citizen gradually working in additional elements such as percussive hits, sax licks and vocal snippets, again creating a very dynamic record which never seems to ease up, forever driving the energy and fuelling its dance floor appeal.
Then last up to close the single we have title track ‘Climax’, Citizen strips back the drum programming to a more refined feel this time, with a bumpy tom-driven bass-line, ethereal atmospherics and a raw, stabby chord
hook. While penetrating subs and Blake’s signature vocal manipulation adds the unique charm to things that makes his singles stand out above the rest, rounding off what’s set to be another stellar single for the 2020Vision imprint and this undeniable talent!
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Published: January 9, 2014