Artist: The Lumens
Title: Joy EP
Label: Positive Not Happy
Cat. #: PNH01
Format Vinyl only
Release Date: May 4th 2020
A2. Joy (Stephan Bazbaz Goa Mix)
B1. Casa Acida
B2. Casa Acida (Thomas A.S. Remix)
New imprint Positive Not Happy debuts with a fantastic EP from Milan-based label owners The Lumens with remixes from Stephan Bazbaz and Thomas A.S.
The Lumens are DJ producers who have played all over Europe with their spiky energy and hard-hitting grooves standing them apart. They are also promoters behind some of Milan’s most exciting underground events including Phoenix Room, Pennyroyal After Tea and Electronic Barbecue. Their new, vinyl-only label will release music that fits with the name – a blend of house, techno, electronica and acid elements with high energy and psychedelic influences. It will come from close friends and collaborators from their local community as well as international guests and makes a brilliant start.
They open up with ‘Joy’ an expansive house track with techno leaning drums. The swirling synths add a grand sense of space and scale and the subtle, well-designed details are what keep you locked in. No Waves Records boss and Rebellion associate Stephan Bazbaz steps up to deliver a slamming remix, in which he mixes goa-trance elements with a powerful, straight-up house beat. It’s a real weapon.
The superb ‘Casa Acida’ then sinks into a deeper, dubbier groove with lush wet claps but pounding kicks making for an intense groove. Plenty of warped synths bring a cosmic and late-night feel to finish things in style. Thomas A.S. completes the package with a lush interpretation that goes deep and bubbly, with mellow synth sequences melting into the groove and taking you with it.
Say the bosses of this new venture, ”positivity is the dynamic way to reach static happiness, always think positive to be happy!” With music this good, it will be smiles all round.