Veteran UK tastemaker Damian Lazarus knows quality sounds when he hears them, and his Crosstown Rebels label thrives on young creators who have something new and different to say.
Case in point is their latest 12-track compilation series, Spirits, featuring like-minded underground artists, including Dubspeeka, Jonathan Kaspar, Magit Cacoon and more.
Ranging from deep to tech house, Lazarus describes his latest collection as “a fresh psychedelic journey into the mind.”
On “Voices,” Dance Spirit—aka Christopher Mohn and Reagan Denius—create an inward journey through Fab Morvan’s haunting vocals and deep, reverberating bass. It’s perfect for peak-time warehouse parties.
Here’s what Dance Spirit told Insomniac about how the track manifested:
We’re excited to premiere to the world our single from the new Crosstown Rebels Spirits compilation, titled “Voices,” featuring the incredible vocal talent of our dear friend Fab Moravn. The song itself came together in quite an otherworldly way. I (Reagan) hadn’t meditated in probably about six months and was feeling the itch, so I put on a guided sleep yoga meditation (yoga nidra). Feeling refreshed and ready to tackle the day, I went down to the piano and started to mess around, pecking for chords. I finally came up with some and a melody and just messed around with that for a good 30 minutes.
I was hungry and went to grab some breakfast, and while eating, I suddenly had the chords stuck in my head, and then an entire song downloaded into my consciousness. I couldn’t eat fast enough and finished shoveling the food into my mouth and headed home as quickly as possible to capture the divine inspiration. I felt like the track needed some vocals and was having trouble coming up with some lyrics on my end, so I set it aside. The track was pretty much finished at this point, minus the vocals.
The next night, the eve of our trip to Miami for WMC 2017, Chris ran out to run a few errands, and when he showed up, he had with him Fab. We caught up for a bit, and then I showed him the song, and he was instantly jotting down some lyrics. We recorded them in a couple takes, and I finished the song just in time to play for our set at Damian’s legendary Get Lost party!
Stream “Voices” below—and be sure to catch Damian Lazarus this weekend, as he launches the new Spirits series at London’s Boneca on November 24.
Available November 24 via Crosstown Rebels.
Buy the Spirits compilation here.