Halifax’s @DJDezza releases ambitious new album “44° North, 63° West” featuring lush ‘n lovely “Settle” with vocal by @LaurenLaimant

DEZZA and LAUREN L’AIMANT, “Settle”

Although he has been releasing music for most of the last decade, latterly through Enhanced Music (co-owned by Tritonal), Halifax electronic dance producer Dezza came to my attention last year with the infectious single “Carry Me” (featuring Mike Schmid), which got to #6 on my personal chart.  His new album has arrived, titled 44° North, 63° West, and its an ambitious 19-song effort that showcases both his work with vocalists as well as with progressive electronic instrumentals.  His synth work and production are compelling and definitely gave me the same feels as with much older releases by the likes of Above & Beyond and Zedd.  I missed it when it was released as a single late last year, but I’m focusing on the vocal track “Settle”, which is lush and lovely and given some grand lustre by vocalist Lauren L’Aimant, who sometimes recalls Justine Suissa from some of the huge A&B songs.  The synth work is fluid, creating a dreamy soundscape that intends to take you away from whatever you’re usually doing for a while.  Lauren also lends vocals to the new track “Ghost”, while the album also includes “Carry Me” as well as previous single “Getaway” (featuring EMME).  44° North, 63° West is an album that’s meant to be heard from start to finish.  It’s an audio crackerjack box where electronic dance music fans will find something to enjoy inside.

 

Soul-tinged, intense new pop/dance from Copenhagen’s @FabianMazur “Settle”, with L.A. singer/songwriter @ZacPoor

FABIAN MAZUR and ZAC POOR, “Settle”

Copenhagen’s Fabian Mazur, very well known in Europe these past 8 years, opts for more pop/dance/soul flavours with “Settle”, a release for The Music Elk.  It’s an intense, deliberately-paced dance song featuring the welcome return of L.A. singer/songwriter Zac Poor, who I’ve written about several times in these pages.  Zac sings and co-wrote the song.  His vocal has a gritty, soulful quality here that usually doesn’t appear on European dance songs, thereby making it seem like something hailing from the UK when it’s not.  And I have definitely missed hearing his power and range!  In fact, “Settle” recalls the soulful dance of 90’s groups like Stereo MC’s but wrapped up with a lot of contemporary finesse.  Fabian definitely knows how to swing a few hooks, and the electronic elements of the song keep it brewing steadily.  “Settle” may not be instantly memorable by title but chances are you’ll be adding it to a playlist or three of your own.

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