Following on from last year’s album, Heart Of Sky, Damian Lazarus joins forces once again with his
spellbinding live project, The Ancient Moons, on Crosstown Rebels this April. He invites two of
Crosstown’s most recent signees, BUTCH and Ae:ther, to provide their own take on the track.
The original cut of All I Need To Get High opens up with an atmospheric, broken beat intro. Lazarus explains
that he “started with the pretext of the melody from the Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell classic and built a
psychedelic journey inspired by Pink Floyd and gospel choirs”. The breathy and soulful male vocals blend
effortlessly into the euphoric and hypnotising strings as the underpinning bassline drives the track onward.
“The song is deep, soulful and a little strange and I’m very proud of it,” Damian says. BUTCH creates a more
club aesthetic, adding a deep and rolling bass with squelchy synths and minimal vocals. A mesmerising
break bleeds back into the gritty bass. Next to provide their take is Ae:ther. He creates a more sinister and
foreboding feel with trance-like elements and an urgent beat.
Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons have unleashed a plethora of enchanting releases on Crosstown
over the past few years. 2015’s album, Message From The Other Side, received high praise from the media
with The Fader calling it “a journey into techno’s dreamiest recesses” and Vice naming it a “psychedelic
masterpiece”. Taken from last year’s Heart Of Sky album, All I Need To Get High, features the vocal talents
of London singer Jesse Appiah, who has worked alongside Michael Kiwanuka, Jamie Woon, Kwabs and
Jess Glynne. BUTCH has worked alongside big names such as Ricardo Villalobos and released on the likes
of Rekids and Cocoon. His hard work has seen him awarded the title of Best Producer from Groove
Magazine two years running. As well as providing this remix for Lazarus, Ae:ther’s debut album has also
been signed to Crosstown. 2019 will see the Berlin-based producer release once again on Afterlife as well as
unleashing his dazzling live-show on the world.
Published: 14th March 2019