Club veteran & downright musical legend Lee Burridge is back with a fresh slice of groovy latin infused tech house for Matt Tolfrey’s Leftroom Records. Deep and thrillingly exotic with a touch of the exotic 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.
The original ‘Here’s Johnny’ sets the bar with its deeply layered rainforest of sounds and lush instrumentals. A thumping bass beat intro with floating tribal cries and strange percs over the top all hint at minimalism but are soon enriched by undulating keys that echo and reverb, a wonky synth line and infectious latin piano topline.. ace!
On double remix duty, Lazaro Casanova takes the original in different directions, carefully weaving the instrumentals through the more atmospheric ‘Haunted Vocal Mix’, with the wobbling bassline becoming a central dynamic along with those misty keys and haunting cries. Clap drums and clinks form the lustrous backdrop and once again build a crescendo. ‘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, ideal for open-air moments. As a whole, Lee’s debut package for the off-centre Leftroom label indicates a shining partnership and will pack a serious punch for those who like their techno raw and lusty laced with gentle touches.
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, where he now resides. As well as being a premier DJ in his own right, he is perhaps most notable for his partnership with Craig Richards as Tyrant and their legendary residency at Fabric. The mixes and compilations that have followed such as his esteemed Balance series 12th edition, two Tyrant Fabric CDs and that classic RA podcast, have garnered Lee unprecedented attention from discerning ears. Lee has also been quietly carving out a reputation production-wise with his ‘Wongel’ EP co-produced by Matthew Dekay being the biggest selling single on Cecille records in 2010.
Published: 27th January 2011