Swedish label Local Talk has become a trusted seal of approval for lovers of deep, soulful and jazzy house music over the years. A release with them is not just a one-off though, resisting the urge to race through a release schedule always hunting out the next big prospect. Browsing through their back catalogue, the same names keep re-appearing – HNNY, Kyodai, Art Of Tones and Crackazat to name a few – forming a wide-reaching musical community with Sweden at its heart. Moscow producer Lay-Far can also consider himself among the aforementioned family, strongly tied with the Local Talk sound, influenced by rare groove disco, jazz and funk.
Following up a couple of EPs for LT over the last two year, Lay-Far steps up for an album – his second after a debut with Glenview Records – titled How I Communicate. Sitting in the middle of the LP, we’re delighted to premiere the full version of ‘Slope (Lay-Far’s Upbeat Version)’, following its release earlier in the year on its own EP. Teaming up with UK house legends Ashley Beedle and Darren Morris, the original is built around jazzy drums, warm piano chords, elegant strings and twinkling percussion. For his ‘Upbeat’ rework, Lay-Far steps up the pace, adding a shuffling, staccato beat and disco guitar chords for a much needed winter warmer.
How I Communicate is released in two parts on vinyl. Pt. 1 is out 7th Dec – pre-order from Juno.