A natural for stirring melodies, Berlin-based Sam Shure channels his all-around manifold array of talents into his debut album, Laconia, following standout releases on Stil Vor Talent , Mukke and Bar 25 Music.
“My first studio album Laconia gave me the freedom to try different genres and styles. This has partially pushed me to my limits, but above all, I have been able to learn a lot, also for further productions. Each song tells a little story that was mainly inspired by the different places of my travels because I like to capture ideas on the go and put them into practice in the studio.” Sam Shure.
With its versatile moods yet compact constructions, Laconia is a self-fulfilling prophecy. The album features ten tracks that draw on Sam’s jazzy Egyptian roots while staying grounded in his usual melodic, mood-heavy aesthetic. With its warm tones, hazy pads and smart basslines, it creates a perfect ambiance for deep set dancefloors.
Laconia features collaborations with fellow producers Cioz and Cook Strummer, as well as a special apparition by Sam’s paternal figure Basem Darwisch playing the Oud on Mirage. The tracks explore a diverse array of dispositions, from groovy up-warmers such as Mangata or Louna to more lively dancefloor aggregators such as Kamala Bani, on to the deeply polarizing, whirlwind synth dinger Guz or the more experimental self-evident Not Much To Say.
A novel detail makes an appearance on Je te vois, an acoustic electronic dance number with poetic lyrics tenderly sung in French for the first time. The artist’s romantic side also shows through the mystical elements interspersed throughout, from the spellbinding Encanto to the dreamy soundscapes of Atreyu, named after the famous German fantasy book character.
Thanks to a modest key riff and more cosmic effects, Aubade lends its meaning of “greeting in the sun” to the atmosphere, rounding off the release on an incandescent note.
Having started his affair with music from a young age, Sam Shure’s native talent and his ever-evolving skillset dot him as one of the stand out artists rising this year. Releases on the likes of Stil vor Talent, Klassified Music and Katermukkes’s sister-label Mukke have cemented him as a respected artist in his own right, while his DJ sets are full of the Berliner’s infectious and vivacious energy.
release date:September 20th, 2019
2. Kamala Bani w/ Cioz
3. Je Te Vois feat. Cook Strummer
8. Not Much to Say
Sam Shure tour dates:
26 Jul – The Monastery Festival, Goch (D)
10 Aug – Stil vor Talent Festival, Hamburg (D)
16 Aug – Boat Party, Amsterdam (NL)
17 Aug – Akasha Festival, Kolkwitz (D)
18 Aug – Sisyphos, Berlin (D)
23 Aug – Eulenflug Festival, Frankfurt (D)
24 Aug – Stil vor Talent Festival, Berlin (D)
25 Aug – 1 Sep – Burning Man, Black Rock City (USA)
7 Sep – Burning Sun, Montreal (CA)
12 Sep – Gospel, NYC (USA)
14 Sep – Boat Cruise, Toronto (CA)
21 Sep – Les Dunes Electronique, Nefta (TN)