Lanu – This is MY Home LP (Tru Thoughts)

Broken beat styled LP of the year comes from Bamboos leader Lanu. Already getting love from Mr Scruff, Gilles Peterson, Mad Matts and Bugz In The Attic...

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Date published: 1st Apr 2007

Lanu – This Is My Home LP is out now on Tru Thoughts records

Lanu is to The Bamboos what Quantic is to the Quantic Soul Orchestra. This Is My Home is where New Zealand born, Melbourne based producer Lance Ferguson drops his take on the newer production styles of future soul, broken beat and hip hop and fuses them together with a jazz sensibility.

14 tracks of sheer brilliance that are already getting love from the likes of Mr Scruff, Gilles Peterson, Mad Matts (Raw Fusion) and Bugz In The Attic. This plays through as a great album should do – easily broken beat styled LP of the year!

‘Conversations intro / outro’ are lovely head nod souled out moments. Just groove that is great to chill to.

‘Dis-information’ is a wicked broken cut that oozes soul and funk and is up there with the likes of Domu and Seiji. This has been getting mega love from the Bugz In The Attic fans and will be causing dancefloor devastation for years to come. Ross Irwin on Trumpet plus great vocals from Karl Wagner, Christine Deralas and Lance himself on this floor slaying nu jazz anthem.

‘Mother Earth’ featuring Aloe Blacc and Quantic is 21st Century afrobeat at it’s best! Ace horns and drums on this phat butt shaker. One that will move the crowd every time at itch and the like. One of those future classics that you will keep going back to for years.

‘Runaway’ features Cherie Mathieson and No Comply is another stunning broken dancefloor bomb! Electronic soul that is up there with Domu and the BITA crew.

‘Rise’ featuring Abby Joyce and Simon Grey is a smoother, more laidback cut so the vocals really soar on this. Lovely Fender Rhodes from Will Poskitt - think Kaidi Tatham, Mark De Clive-Lowe and Silhouette Brown and you’re on the right track.

‘It’s Time’ sees Kero One take the mic over one hell of a beat. This is the kind of hip hop I love and Kero’s lyrics are superb as usual. Ace b-boy content that is perfectly safe for radio play. Up there with Ohmega Watts et al, this is at home in the lounge as it is early on in the club.

‘Aow Leuk Interlude’ is a heads up on what’s yet to come. Stomach punching bass and steppy beats on this builder, the kind of thing you can loop for 5 min’s with pleasure.

‘Don’t Sleep Pts 1&2’ again is like Domu at his best. Infectious vocals from Christine Deralas and some seriously spacey keys from Ben Grayson ensures this will sound fresh for eons. Blew my head off on first listen and it gets better and better with each play. Simply rude!

‘Shine’ drops into a Latin beat and man do we love it. Dripping with the Brazilian soul, with very uplifting vocals from Deralas. The kind of thing that will go down well where ever and when ever you play it. Topped with lovely jazz keys from Grayson and a full horn section.

‘Don’t Sleep part 3’ keeps the spacey vibe but is a bit more dubbed out to make room for the new vocals from Melanie Jones. A nice alternative that is more linear, laidback and sludgy than it’s predecessors.

‘Let You Go’ pours Deralas’ vocals over a bed of future soul. Alongside the same lines as Joy Delane but possibly more akin to a Roy Ayers classic.

‘Beachcomber’ is bonus track 1 and it’s all up and at em. A wicked house styled percussion loop with what sound like Brazilian lyrics from Matilda White. This shouts ’Far Out’ and easily up there with their best. A pleasure to drop in with the likes of Osunlade, Azymuth and Phil Asher, this will have any decent dancing in a sweat. Hands in the air and goose pimples every time. This is massive and will be big at itch.

‘Beij Do Sol’ is bonus track 2 and it’s another Brazilian styled vocal house bomb featuring Carmen Hendrick, Delaras and Liza Schulberg. Great bassline and flute action from Gavin Pearce and Bruce Sandell. This will have you on your feet and singing in a jiffy and will grab the attention of everybody from the deep US house heads to the nu jazz heads.

Buy direct from the label at www.etchshop.co.uk

More info www.tru-thoughts.co.uk and www.lanu.com.au