Five years have now passed since Boogie Café Records was established as an outlet for soul-flecked dance floor jams. The Bristol-based label has grown exponentially in that time, with a succession of highly regarded releases attracting a swathe of higher profile artists to the roster. The latest is Russian heavyweight Lay-Far, a producer whose blends of deep house, disco, boogie, soul, jazz and broken beat have appeared on labels including Local Talk, Atjazz, City Fly, Lazy Days, Leng and the In-Beat-Ween Music imprint he established in 2015.
The Moscow-based producer’s first outing on Boogie Café is entitled “Re-Imagine Yourself”; it seems a fitting name, because across the four sample-heavy tracks Lay-Far brilliantly joins the dots between disparate sounds and styles whilst retaining his trademark warmth and soul. From the deliciously sub-heavy broken beat and emotive chords of “Embrace The Contradictions”, through to the closing cut “April”, the EP is packed with funky samples, wobbly analogue bass motifs cut-up vocal blasts, short-sharp rave sirens and hip-house style beats, delivering real listening pleasure throughout.
But the clear favourite here for us is the absolutely outstanding “Something Else”, a deliciously warm and woozy cut, with enveloping pads, ear-catching synth flourishes and yearning melodies around off-kilter broken beats and sturdier sub-bass. Think Bugz In The Attic style beats and fireside-warm musicality. Absolutely stunning.
Check all the full premieres below.
A R T I S T // Lay-Far
T I T L E // Reimagine Yourself EP
L A B E L // Boogie Café
R E L E A S E // 6th December 2019
C A T N O // BCB 011
F O R M A T // 12″
T R A C K S //
Embrace The Contradictions
F O L L O W //
P R E M I E R E S //