Damian Lazarus will celebrate the tenth anniversary of his acclaimed 2009 debut album 'Smoke The Monster Out’ with the release of a re-mastered and expanded edition on his label Crosstown Rebels on the 27th September. In celebration of such a milestone,
Moment In The Dark EP acts as a precursor, featuring two of the album’s original tracks, Moment and Diamond In The Dark reworked and remixed by Keinemusik resident Adam Port, rising newcomer Tibi Dabo and Dutch talent Satori. Released in 2009, Smoke The Monster Outalbum was a milestone in Damian’s career. The first time he had written and produced his own music. Drawing on the inspirations that informed his Lazpod series, Dami an emerged from studio sessions with Arthur Jeffes (Penguin Cafe Orchestra), Luke Solomon and Mark Ralph with an album. It was a brave album
from a DJ not afraid to experiment, wear his heart on his sleeve or risk his successful DJing career by singing on his own music. Even today, it’s a fantastically unique album that refuses easy categorisation. It received critical acclaim from some of the scene’s most respected publications at the time-and also some degree of confusion.
Indeed, The Guardian went as far as describing the album: “Less troubled and deep than Björk's Debut, it still captures the atmosphere of late-night clubland – the transcendent freedom, the fuzzy unreality, the implicit emptiness, the dysfunction – with a similar potent accuracy. That it does so by fusing Ricardo Villalobos and Robert Wyatt, and slipping in a Scott Walker cover, might explain why it is not being hailed as one of the crossover albums of the year. But it is."Damian described how the inspiration for the album came from “what I know best, about what goes on in the darkness of dancefloors”. This innate connection between Damian and his audience created an album that struck a poignantly emotional chord with its listeners. The release of Moment In The Dark is no different, providing the perfect taste as to what can be expected from the upcoming album re-release. The EP begins with the original tracks. Two equally slow - burning, emotion -filled cuts. Moment is an epic, gently unfolding piece, whilst Diamond In The Dark showcases a soul-infused, folk-rock sensibility. Keinemusik stalwart Adam Port provides a winding journey in his remix of
Moment, that drifts between safari -like melodies and touching beautiful vocals. Rising
newcomer Tibi Dabo offers an ethereal re-work of Diamond In The Dark, one that features a slick, minimal bassline coupled alongside pulses of fantasy-like vocals, before Dutch talent Satori rounds off the release with a moving cut that features soft
keys and wholesome, warming pads.
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Published: 9th August 2019