Living up to his name, Aussie producer Bass Kleph unleashes “Raise Up Lights,” an aggressive, bass-heavy thumper. It seems as if touring with Wolfgang Gartner has influenced him to go more track-y and take a break from his most recent vocal-oriented releases (“Going Crazy,” “Flashing Lights” and “Make Me Forget”). While there is a pretty melody in the break, the track is all about the womping bassline, crowd chants, and the speed-garage beat structure. Yes, it sounds massive in a club and will fit any big room set around the world.
Image Courtesy of Megaton Records.
Bass Kleph – “Raise Up Lights”
Listening to a set online the other day, I heard a song that immediately caught my attention. It sounded like Seal was going back to his club roots with a lushly-produced EDM track called “Air You Breathe.” It stuck in my mind, and no matter where I looked online, I couldn’t place it. Imagine the pleasant surprise when someone told me to check out this new track on Wolfgang Gartner’s Kindergarten label and it ended up being that song. Rather than a Trevor Horn production of Seal, it ended up being Tom Staar with vocalist Chrom3 on this track called “Faces.” The dropout is what reminded me so much of classic Trevor Horn/ZTT, with full-sounding synths and meticulously gorgeous production that sounded great in the ’80s/’90s sounds even better when contrasted with the harder more electro sounds of clubland right now. Actually, the prettier part of the record overshadows the electro part so much that it feels like the track started as an ambient track and it was pumped up with electro as an afterthought. While reminiscent of Seal, Chrom3 sounds especially fresh because there is no one else singing on club records that sounds like him right now. There is raw passion in his vocal performance that elevates the song to a new level. As great as this song sounds in the clubs, I wouldn’t be surprised if an ambient version with the lush downtempo part and the full vocal popped up on a movie soundtrack or a television show in the very near future.
Image Courtesy of Kindergarten Records.
It?s hard not to have a crush on Luciana.??The British minx has sung with her unique chant style on so many of the biggest records of recent memory ? ?Yeah Yeah? (Bodyrox), ?I Like That? (Static Revenger and Richard Vission), ?We Own the Night? (Tiesto & Wolfgang Gartner), and ?Something For the Weekend? (Dave Aude).?In addition to working with all of these massive producers, she also writes for other artists, and if you listen closely you can even hear her influence on pop superstars.??I caught up with her at Promo Only Summer Sessions where her she literally rocked the House of Blues stage.??If she ever performs in your area, be sure to rush to front of the stage because you will definitely like that..
DJ Ron Slomowicz: Hey, how are you enjoying Atlantic City?
Luciana: I am really happy to be in Atlantic City. It was really nice coming from the airport because it started raining and it reminded me of London for those few minutes.
RS: Are you living in London or the US more now?
Luciana: I am in the process of getting my green card, so I am living in Los Angeles and I want to stay, I love the sun.
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