Following his appearances on Of Paradise Vol. 2 and Of Paradise Vol. 3, Nuremberg based producer Lazarus, lays his emotions bare and delivers Downwards, an expansive and profound 4-track journey through breakbeat and techno.
The A-side launches with title track Downwards, a bold and razor-sharp slice of future-focused techno and subtle breakbeat ammunition. Rumbling drums are backed up by expertly assembled bursts of percussion; whilst texture, tone and rhythm shine through in equal measure.
Following this is Back One Eighty, an ever-evolving and at times, raw-boned masterclass in transformative breaks and techno. Brimming with complex percussion, blistering drum programming and luminous melodies, with each component distilled to perfection.
Closing out the EP is Conjunct, a graceful yet urgent voyage through the unknown. Crushing drums and a lethal bassline are supported by soaring percussion and dancing melodies that flow through the listener like hallucinogenic saline.
Downwards is a tremendous accomplishment that further cements Lazarus’ status as a hugely exciting and incredibly talented producer.