Serge Devant returns to the forefront with ‘Always On My Mind’ for Damian Lazarus’s Crosstown Rebels, complete with remixes from Kornél Kovács and Pirupa. First heard on Lazarus’s Essential mix in 2015 and much requested since, ‘Always On My Mind’ has been causing tremors in its wake. Oceanic waves of melody frame muted vocals from Ali Love, resulting in a chiselled classic bridging the splintered sounds of today.
Pirupa’s remix is a shadowy monster with a deviant bassline, allowing the vocal to etch out shards of light. His recent groundswell is undeniable, mapping out a chart-topping string of releases on the likes of Drumcode, Desolat and Noir. Stockholm’s Kornél Kovács has not escaped the spotlight in recent months, be it through his Studio Barnhus label that he runs together with Axel Boman and Pedrodollar, prolific releases on Numbers and Smallville and topping many end of year charts for 2015. His effervescent remix rolls up its sleeves to distill elegance into the original, extending the vocal and braising the beats and melody.
With this release Devant cements a triumphant year putting him back in centre stage after an accident that tore him away from the studio, and digs deeper into his production skills, adding to his growing repotoire of recent releases on Hot Creations’ sister label Emerald City and Crosstown’s cousin Rebellion. Devant mastered his craft at the legendary NYC nightclubs of the late 90s; Tunnel; Limelight; and Crobar; carving out consistently compelling and dynamic sets. His production career started in 2008 and soon spawned two albums, and a touring schedule that has since seen Serge circumnavigate the globe.
Published: 4th February 2016