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Laarsen – Lavafields

I’ve written at length at Laarsen and I see no end in sight as the producer is one of the best new voices in the scene. He fuses classic sentiments of genres like garage with swelling modern synths that makes for an endlessly unforgettable catalogue. Off his new Lavafields EP, the title track is undoubtedly my favorite cut as the groove and percussive hits feel like they’re straight out of a sweaty, three hour Boiler Room set, while the vocals and synths blend into a wide appealing sound that feels almost Anjunabeats esque. His music is almost like a modern day trojan horse that’s insanely catchy for all audiences on the surface but sneaks in so many underground nods for longtime listeners of electronic music and those just discovering how deep the overarching genre goes alike.

And that’s just one track from his EP! Laarsen also dives into trip-hop, breakbeats, and house, sounding like a master of each genre. There’s a unifying thread that runs through each release and makes them uniquely his which is also prevalent in the artwork. I love the glitchy, DNA-like signifier that immediately lets you know you’re in for a sonic treat. I can’t even get myself to dive into a personal anecdote like I usually do because my mind is so hyper-focused on the music coursing through my speakers. This is truly a beautiful way to start my Friday morning and I can’t wait for other listeners to discover that same feeling over the coming days, weeks, months, and hopefully years.