Let your mind wander free with the first in a new annual compilation series from Crosstown Rebels, allow us to introduce Spirits.Label founder Damian Lazarus has compiled what he describes as “a fresh psychedelic journey into the mind”, bringing together a collection of likeminded artists.
dubspeeka’s Lyssa opens the album with a sturdy bassline, eerie synths and a haunting melody reminiscent of yesteryear. Followed shortly by Audiojack’s Reverie; a heavy kick from the start is succeeded by spoken word on the subject of meditation. Rowee and Know Kontrol incorporate poignant wooden percussion in the intro to Amarantro, the song features absorbing lyrics and a delightfully oblique melody. Be Mine by Siopis featuring Ellbee Bad gets straight into the action with hard-hitting reverberated low notes, steadily building up through sentimental vocals and enticing synthesis. A minimalistic xylophone and drawn out synths form the intro of Magit Cacoon’s Nonsense. Jonthan Kaspar’s Zarun is a sensory delight, littered with unique percussion, a muted kick and siren-like midi sounds.
Alice Rose seduces in Another Way produced by Raw District. Her voice, similar to that of Bjork, perfectly encompasses the heavy bassline and hard-hitting percussion. Robbie Akbal has an ear for a great intro, mysterious sound effects and gradually building drum sounds form the basis for Tavarua. Nico Stojan & David Mayar have gone balearic with Killing Your Lover, featuring vocals from the incredible Jan Blomqvist. Dance Spirit featuring Fab Morvan are up next with Voices, a journey through spiritual vocals and bassy reverb to a rolling kick and percussion-heavy ending. Finally, Pale Blue finishes the album on a high with Journey Into Light, a gradual intro leads the way for an exquisite, yet minimalistic melody and enchanting female vocals.
Released: 24th November 2017
01 dubspeeka - Lyssa
02 Audiojack - Reverie
03 Rowee feat. KnowKontrol - Amaranto
04 Siopis feat. Ellbee Bad - Be Mine
05 Magit Cacoon - Nonsense
06 Jonathan Kaspar - Zarun
07 Raw District feat. Alice Rose - Another Way
08 Robbie Akbal - Tavarua
09 Nico Stojan & David Mayer feat. Jan Blomqvist - Killing Your Lover
10 Dance Spirit feat. Fab Morvan - Voices
11 Pale Blue - Journey Into Light
Alongside the compilation, Damian Lazarus will also throw three November parties;
Saturday 11th November – Watergate in Berlin
Saturday 18th November – Smolma in Warsaw
Saturday 24th November – Boneca in London