Lulla – Zandalar EP [Maru]
Australian vinyl-only record label Maru returns with its second pressing, inviting the head of Cedesciu Wax and Miami-based artist Lulla to present three original cuts alongside a remix by local DJ and producer Direkt in the form of “Zandalar EP”. With the first release signed by Suolo enjoying massive success last year the imprint sticks to its top-quality policy, which brings early support for this EP coming from Arapu, Barac, Incolor, Lizz, Nils Weimann, Nu Zau, Priku, Prichindel, Sepp, Ted Amber, Triptil, Vern, VincentIulian, Costin Rp, Vlf and Vlad Arapasu.
Marco Santamaria aka Lulla is well-known for his activity in the international underground movement, especially for publishing amazing EPs from Sonohat, Robert Apetrei, Macarie, Szyszko, Dorothy’s Dream and, of course, himself through his label. With his previous material “Universe B” brought forward by the British venture Alter Hour still being played by many DJs around the world, MARU002 will definitely follow the same path, as the pure minimal sounds on this one sure deliver the vibes. Let’s dive in the wax and take a closer look at the tracks:
Side A is reserved for the title track “Zandalar” and its remix. The cut opens the 12″ on a positive note, unleashing a vibrant and extremely groovy minimal rhythm flavoured with a solid, funky bassline, warm background pads and scattered vocals that add an extra electric feeling to the journey. Direkt raises the tempo a bit, taking the original into a joyous direction suitable for the afterhours. Here, the layers receive a melancholic yet breezy reinterpretation while the rhythm becomes more energetic.
On Side B we first find “Gurubashi”, a deep roller designed with a swinging percussive core, hypnotic variations and a playful arpeggio that sticks around for the whole ride and “Loa”, which closes the wax with a dreamy arrangement where the carefully placed breakdowns and the rotating background textures smoothly flow along with the steady-paced drumming. A highly recommended record right here that will arrive in a limited number of 300 copies with the sleeve artwork signed by visual artist Raul Ciceu.
Pre-order your copy of Zandalar EP at deejay.de.
Artists: Lulla, Direkt
Title: Zandalar EP
Cat. number: MARU002
Release date: 30.04.2021
Words by AndreiB
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