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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Buy direct from the label at www.etchshop.co.uk
More info www.tru-thoughts.co.uk and www.lanu.com.au