His recent move to Berlin to focus on music has paid dividends for Lane 8 with releases on Ajunadeep and now this free download on French Express – a label that has shone through this year with the likes of Jonas Rathsman and Perseus doing the “labels mellow attitudes justice”.
“How I Feel” takes the classic Nina Simone sample and puts it amid a bath of warm pads over which steady, flirtatious keys lift the record to create a hugely atmospheric whole. Underlying is the coup de gras, the drowning elastic bass line that hugs the vocals without dominating the kicks in an overall mesh of harmonies working in unison.
Lane 8 has proved his worth, yet the second breakdown screams lazy production in a feeble, unabashed attempt to bring the track into the brazen climax it deserves.
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