For its thirtieth EP release, Culprit eagerly dips into the ever-expanding pool of Italian production talent to welcome back Lula Circus. The release also features remixes from one of London’s rising stars Alexis Raphael and L.A favourite Urulu.
The last few years has seen a veritable explosion in quantity – and quality – of inspired electronic house and techno coming from Italy. Culprit has been fortunate to receive its fair share of attention from the emerging artists who have found a kinship with the feel and overall creed of the Los Angeles-based label. Along with Nico Lahs, Dirty Channels, System of Survival and the veteran Luca Bacchetti, the Lula Circus duo has been at the forefront of Culprit’s burgeoning Italian connection. Their work is already stamping its mark on Culprit’s still-young identity. Following their infectious introduction to Culprit - last year’s ‘She Loves Me’ track that anchored the ‘Above the City’ compilation - Lula Circus graduate to a full EP release on the imprint.
The two originals on the EP are the work of artists rapidly and confidently coming into their own, marrying their deep but pulsating electronic house style with Culprit’s preference for emotionally charged dance music, with a natural flair for drama and an underlying sense of story-telling. ‘Passive Memories’ has been one of this year’s favourite DJ staples for the Culprit inner circle: a moody mid-paced groover that builds and builds, adding layers of subtle electronic throb, minor melody and deep funk, a track that seduces rather than bashes. ‘Theory of Folds’ is the (slightly) more “maximal,” more overtly joyous take on its counterparts subtlety. It’s modern deep house meets retro Italo Disco, precise in execution and ambitious in its melodic sweep.
Two remixes on the EP come courtesy of another two stellar talents, London’s Alexis Raphael and Los Angeles’ own Taylor Freels aka Urulu. Refreshingly, they offer two completely different takes on ‘Theory of Folds’: Raphael’s dance-floor ready, bassline-driven jam and Urulu’s sunny homage to classic 90’s Deep House. They contribute to making this an exceptionally well-rounded release
Published: 15th November 2012