Recent support from:
DJ Mag, Mixmag, BBC R1 (Pete Tong, Danny Howard, Sarah Story, Arielle Free, Jaguar, Jack Saunders), BBC 6Music, BBC Asian Network, Kiss FM, The Blessed Madonna, Dixon, Martin Garrix, Beatport, Ministry of Sound, Sister Bliss, Gorgon City, Sub Focus …and many more
Lawrence Hart and Mera Bhai come together for this lairy South London club cut with deep South Asian influence.
Lawrence Hart melodically and technically breaks boundaries with his musicality and production, creating a symbiosis of club-stirring dance fuel with more contemplative listening pieces, often within the same track. His recent ‘Music For Dark Spaces’ EP saw widespread praise from electronic tastemakers, DSPs, press and radio alike.
Mera Bhai, a founding member of psych band Flamingods, DJ, multi-instrumentalist and part of South Asian underground collective ‘Daytimers’ has earned huge support from electronic’s biggest platforms for his solo work. Born in London, with roots in India, alongside time spent growing up in Italy, Albania, Saudi Arabia, Dubai and Nigeria, Mera Bhai’s worldly influence seeps into his unique take on electronic production.
‘Jus U’ opens with a beat played by Mera Bhai on the Mridangam – a two-headed drum and one of the oldest Indian percussion instruments, dating back over 2000 years. The pair of producers shared on social media how they then manipulated this into a breakbeat, by first recording it to cassette tape. The track develops through deep driving bass, an iconic vocal refrain that gets twisted and dismantled in ever-varying ways, before a classic ‘sound of the 90s’ M1 organ lifts ‘Jus U’ into its final dancefloor form. The track oozes with the nostalgic sounds that both Lawrence Hart and Mera Bhai grew up steeped in, with a hyper focus on forward thinking production.
Lawrence Hart and Mera Bhai met when, some years ago, different groups of friends would leave South London’s Skehans pub and head over the road to Lawrence Hart’s house for afters. There, these two multi-instrumentalists would discuss their musical ambitions into the very early hours.
“We’re regularly banging on to each other about how to take things to the next level in our music, focusing more on sonics and feeling” – Mera Bhai says
“…rather than just the ‘musicality’. So that we can make music that still feels quite cerebral but hits hard in a club. This felt like the perfect test bed.”– Lawrence Hart adds
Blurring the lines between genres is a core part of both producers’ musical practices, it seemed like an obvious decision to take this approach to a club heavy cut with ‘Jus U’.
Jus U is out 4th August – on Attack Decay Sweet Release
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Written by: Alejandro Serrano