This ‘Lane 8’ article was written by Jen Taylor, a GIGsoup contributor
The first thing that strikes you about Lane 8’s debut album ‘Rise’ is the diversity of the music, from the opening track through to the last. The album includes a collection of dreamy instrumentals, as well as a whole suite of collaborations with stand-out vocalists (such as Patrick Baker and Matthew Dear).
Daniel Goldstein, the American producer and DJ better known as Lane 8 has been dropping memorable mixes for the last couple of years (including his remix for Above and Beyond’s track Sticky Fingers that might just be better than the original).
There has been a lot of hype around Lane 8 as a DJ and producer, and his album does not disappoint. It has a certain feel to it – an emotional journey, with strong undertones of sadness and despondency. As a whole, the album is very moving, and there are some definite feelings of heartbreak throughout.
The opening track Loving You features the strong and beautiful vocals of Lulu James, setting the scene with the song that repeats the line ‘I’m a fool for loving you’. The instrumental track Klara showcases the sound Lane 8 has made for himself in his DJ appearances. Much like the rest of the LP it’s a song you could get lost in.
Ghost, featuring the vocals of Patrick Baker is an instant hit. The cavernous sound of the vocals (and occasional backwards segments) creates an emptiness that is brought to life by the music filling in the gaps. The chorus is catchy and is likely to stay with you all day. As the album comes to its close, The Great Divide is a humbling moment that most people can relate to from some point in their life – the story of the breakdown of a relationship, the parting of ways. It has a feeling of endings and is situated perfectly on the album as the second last track.
Title track Rise brings the album home as the final song. It speaks of hope, but is beautifully mixed in Lane 8’s classic Deep House style.
Lane 8’s sound melds perfectly with the Deep House nature of the Anjunadeep record label. As a side, be sure to look out for his own reworks of the tracks on the album which he has already started releasing.
‘Rise’ is out now on Anjunadeep. The full tracklisting for the album is…
‘Diamonds’ feat. Solomon Grey
‘Ghost’ feat. Patrick Baker
‘Hot As You Want’ feat. Solomon Grey
‘Undercover’ feat. Matthew Dear
‘The Great Divide’ feat. Ara Scott