Since I last featured one of Lostly‘s tracks, the South-African producer has been busy advancing his career.
In the year that has passed, he became A&R of Recoverworld‘s quite frankly legendary Discover Records, and put together his debut artist album No Direction Home, among many other things. The long-player is on track for release next month, but until then, the good folks at Recoverworld have been kind enough to provide the title track as a separate material. Even better, Gary Maguire and Thomas Datt have also gotten their hands on the original, so you have two more reasons to be excited. Let’s take a closer look at the EP.
Vocal tracks haven’t generally been my cup of tea in recent years, but some have stood out. Among them, Lostly‘s collaboration with Australian singer / songwriter and DJ Amber Traill.
There’s no way around the fact that Amber does have a great voice, which compliments the arrangement nicely, arrangement which goes the Drum n Bass route, instead of Andre’s usually trancy approach. It’s different, yes, but it has the same high production standards we’ve been used to when it comes to Lostly releases. Even better, Andre has also managed to keep a hint of that classic Discover sound (oh hello, Nord Lead) seamlessly woven into the fabric of the track. The vocal chops add the final layer of depth to what was an already great arrangement.
I fully understand why he chose this as his title track. It’s fast paced, melodic, and very, very enjoyable.
Gary Maguire Remix
For his rework, Gary has pushed No Direction Home into the classic trance zone, with big melodies, heavier base lines and kicks, and the unmissable gated synth in the background. It has hints of the best early 2000s tracks, even a little ATB in places, all these influences giving yet another view on the superb original. It’s darker, more epic, and generally a little more open in terms of atmosphere.
I’ve mentioned that gated synth and I’m going to mention it again, because for me, it’s one of the best characteristics of this rework. Gary’s remix won’t be leaving my playlist anytime soon, that’s for sure. Great job.
Thomas Datt Remix
Thomas Datt on the remix? Yes please.
I couldn’t help but think of It’s In The Past when I heard those drums and baseline coming in, but to be fair, I still think that is one of Thomas’ best productions to date, so there’s that. Despite my wish to just put that intro on a loop (yes, it’s that good), I had to advance at some point and also have a listen to the breakdown. The break swings proceedings almost into Chilled Datt territory, but you won’t be left all relaxed for long, as the kick and base sneakily return to propel you forward into a big helping of Datt sound we all enjoy so much. Superb rework from Tom.
The entire EP is out Monday, February 2nd. I would have recommended you listen to the samples and pick your favourite, but it’s kind of difficult to choose, so don’t. Enjoy all three.:)
Release Date: 02.02.2015
Country: UK / Style: DnB, Trance / Year: 2015 / Label: Discover*
*Part of the Recoverworld Label Group.
Psst. The album is available for pre-order. 🙂
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