To Russia with love Lay-Far album review

So Many Ways LP coverLay-Far’s music is like a breath of fresh air, which blows the cobwebs away from the usual convention sounds. He has almost single handed restored my faith in the new breed of producers coming through on the scene and for these reasons I want to shout from roof tops that the ‘So Many Ways’ album, in my humble opinion, is one of the best albums I have heard in 2013. This is quite a statement to make, however I stand by it. The album plays like a rich tapestry, an extravagant wall hanging, the more you listen to it the more you hear. Lay-Far’s musical influences are clear; Jazz, Broken Beat, Hip Hop, House, Soul, Funk, Brazilian beats, are all cleverly woven into the fabric of the album. The stunning vocals contributions from the likes of Pete Simpson, Dragon, Peter Oakden, Sarah Winton add texture & colour to each track.
It is difficult to pin point stand out tracks on this album, it is a wonderful collection. Tracks like ‘we are the drum’, ‘Stand up’, ‘When I’m seeing you’, ‘So many ways’, the imaginative use of samples between the tracks. This is an album that excites the senses, it invites you to listen, it takes you by the musical hand and off you go on your own little journey. Or in other words this is a journey into sound. Artists of Lay-Far’s calibre are rare which is why we should support his music, put the needle on the record and dance.

Artist: Alexander Lay-Far
Record Label: GlenView US
Type of music: Jazz, Broken Beat, House, Soul
Released on: 29th November

Available from: ITunes, Juno Records, Chemical Records

About Angel Mel Selector

Angel Mel Selector was born and bred in the heart and soul of the Bristol music scene. Coming from the West Country with her roots planted in Reggae, Drum & Bass and Trip Hop, later branching into other areas of underground dance music genres, such as Acid Jazz, Broken Beat and Deep and Soulful House. Referring to herself as a selector, specialises in playing long sets where she can weave her magic . by choosing the juiciest cuts from a wide cross section of music including; Soul, Funk, Rare Groove, Boogie, Disco, Soulful & Deep Afro House and Club Classics. She believes the music should the played the way it was intended without tricks or gimmicks. As well being a professional DJ Selector, Angel Mel has worked on local radio for over five years, from BCfm to Soul Train Radio ad now where she resides at Ujima Radio, Bristol’s number 1 station. Catch Angel Mel Spread Love show, Tuesday’s 6-8pm on Follow on Instagram Angel Mel Selector Twitter Angel Mel 2017 Facebook Angel Mel Selector

Posted on December 14, 2013, in Music reviews and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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