MJ Cole ‘Maestro’ & lau.ra ‘I’ll Wait’ are released today.
The compilation will be released mixed and unmixed on the 7th May with music from Rival Consoles, The Micronaut, Trypheme, Nocow, QRTR and more.
Sasha signals a new phase of his decade-spanning career with LUZoSCURA, a concept which sees him present a new phase of his musical catalogue where ambient and downtempo electronica are elevated by breaks, and techno.
Sasha created the LUZoSCURA name a few years ago on Spotify as a playlist of music sent to him which didn’t meet the pace of his club sets, nor suit his venerated label LNOE.
“The playlist thrived during lockdown,” highlights Sasha. “For the first time in over 20 years I had no reference point for banging club music, so I gravitated towards the LUZoSCURA playlist. I threw more energy into curating it because the sound felt right for that time, and I quickly realised I wanted to make some of my own music with this theme.”
Off the road and disconnected from the dancefloor, he’d utilise the break from touring to evolve and adapt, while connecting with an international roster of artists who are similarly invigorated by sounds which traverse electronica, ambient, techno and breaks. The playlist grew, and last summer Sasha showcased the catalogue of sounds for the first time as a live stream, igniting the idea of a mixed compilation and a call out for fresh music was made.
“The compilation process was an amazing experience in connecting with newer, budding artists I wouldn’t normally receive music from. From this new project, I want people to be ready for something beyond the 4 X 4 kick drum, something which goes in different directions. Mixing it was quite different to the standard progression that I’m used to when I DJ because the beauty of the LUZoSCURA sound is that it jumps between breakbeat to melodic to ambient, yet it still flows.”
LUZoSCURA: compiled and mixed by Sasha
Released 7th May
mixed and unmixed via download / stream / CD / vinyl