Lay-Far - True, Necessary, Kind

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Dance music veteran Alexander Lay-Far unveils his fifth full-length album 'True, Necessary, Kind' on STVOL Records in collaboration with In-Beat-Ween Music. In...


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Dance music veteran Alexander Lay-Far unveils his fifth full-length album 'True, Necessary, Kind' on STVOL Records in collaboration with In-Beat-Ween Music.

In the music game for more than 15 years now, the artist, DJ and all-round creative trail-blazer has the reputation of one of the most talented and prolific producers of his generation with an impressive array of projects for the likes of Razor-N-Tape, Local Talk, Lumberjacks in Hell, Tru Thoughts or MYOR.

Specification:  SM900, 762m, 2500ft, NAB, metal reel, hinged box.
released June 30, 2023

All tracks were written, produced, engineered, mixed and mastered by Alexander Lay-Far at In-Beat-Ween Music Lab, Moscow.
Track 2 - vocals and lyrics by Kotzi Brown. Vocals recorded at Powerhouse studio.
Track 11 - piano and synthesizers by Phil Gerus.

Continuing the discourse of music being a universal language, the artist is now taking the nostalgic 90's rave aesthetics as a vehicle for crafting his new personal message to the world.

The record boasts what Lay-Far is well known for the poetry of groove and rhythm, soulfulness, and effortless juggling of cultural references. Yet 2023 Lay-Far seems to be more straight-forward, systematic and laconic, achieving in his new work the equilibrium of artistry and functionality. As a result, the album sounds bigger, louder and more impactful than all of his previous LPs. The sonic tapestry here is woven with the myriad of small sample chunks, grainy drum breaks, warm harmonies, overdriven 90's, 80's, sequenced acid lines, reggae-style basslines, bleeps and hovering synth pads - all meticulously arranged and mixed with lots of attention to detail. Funny enough, some of the most prevailing instruments on 'True Necessary, Kind' are actually piano and human voice although heavily processed, chopped and manipulated.

From the uplifting funky breaks of the opening 'Everybody' to the atmospheric electro rap 'plamja ognja' (featuring Kotzi Brown of Cops On Fire fame), from the catchy dream house of 'Rock You Hard' featuring Lay-Far's own vocals to the peak-time earth-shaking banger 'Whatever (you need)' the album takes us on the rollercoaster ride through moods and grooves. The shape-shifting 'Breath Of Ocean' is the best illustration of the album's flow, morphing organically from the breezy ambient into dubby trap, funky house, techno, jazz breaks, piano house and back. Halfway through the record we are introduced to 'Hey Hey Hey', a crispy techno track heavily influenced by ghetto-tech and footwork, followed by 'I.G.T.R.' - an almost chrestomathic acid breakbeat anthem. Next is a spectacular 'Cowboy Song' - a lyrical hardcore jungle tune combining distorted drums and bass with life-affirming piano chords and an infectious whistle melody, capable of taking you somewhere else. If J Dilla had been into rave he would have made something like 'My Heart Says', marrying hip-hop-style sample chops with uplifting trance chords, pumping broken beats and low-end pressure. This brings us into the depth of 'Imagination' - a thoughtful and cinematic, yet playful hybrid of UK hardcore, techno and deep house, followed by the bitter-sweet nostalgia of 'Novatorov Electric Blue'' - the mesmerizing finale to the kaleidoscopic journey of an album. This beautifully-crafted electric jazz number featuring Phil Gerus on piano is a perfect homage to late 80's Herbie Hancock, Paul Hardcastle & George Duke.

The album's title alludes to the concept of mindfulness with the quote 'Is it True? Is it Necessary? Is it Kind?' commonly referred to in both Eastern philosophical and Western psychological traditions. It took Lay-Far several years to express a very simple yet important idea: in the modern world music remains one of the most direct and effective means of human communication - 'true, necessary and kind'. Now it's time for us to finally hear that message!

A word from the artist: 'Creating the album was a therapeutic process for me - the way to express the feelings of hope and love, joy of connection, abundance, discovery. as well as all my frustration, anger and fears - turning negative into positive. I was losing myself in music, getting in that light meditative state when hours passed by in an instant. The concept was simple - make real heartfelt music people will enjoy dancing and listening to. Share that pure energy. Give it to the world! Is it necessary? I felt like it is when creating these tracks!''

'Lay-Far - is a renowned Moscow-based music producer, DJ, entrepreneur and radio host (Silver Rain Radio). Boiler Room calls him ''A producer extraordinaire'', while Junodownload: 'undoubtedly one of the most talented house producers of his generation.

Lay-Far's distinctively individual style has won him a truly global fan base - from the new generation of clubbers and house dancers to the undisputed club veterans, like Marshall Jefferson, Larry Heard, Ashley Beedle, DJ Spinna or Gilles Peterson. He is internationally recognized as a skilful DJ and selector, seamlessly bridging the gaps between cutting-edge and classic house rhythms, rare disco and boogie, Afro-Latin grooves, raw beats and bass-heavy cuts and delivering a unique sonic mixture to satisfy one's body, mind and spirit. No wonder he has been headlining some of the major global music events from London to Tokyo, Dublin to Hong Kong, including legendary festivals like Southport Weekender (UK), SunceBeat (Croatia), Southern Soul (Montenegro), Vocal Booth Weekender (Spain), The Djoon Experience (Italy), XJazz (Germany), Beton Centrale (Holland), Red Bull Music Festival, Usadba Jazz, Faces & Laces (Russia), etc.

With multiple successful releases under his belt on pretty much every quality label under the sun, including Local Talk, Lumberjacks in Hell, BBE, Rebirth, Atjazz Record Company, G.A.M.M., Axe on Wax, Tru Thoughts or Razor-N-Tape, Lay-Far has been gaining constant support from the key tastemakers and influencers of the world, including Blessed Madonna, Laurent Garnier, Moxie, Honey Dijon, Mr. Scruff, Jimpster, MCDE, Marry Anne Hobbs, Prosumer, Horse Meat Disco, Move D, Josh Wink, Ben Sims just to name a few.

Gilles Peterson: 'Great producer, Great DJ.'
Boiler Room: 'Producer extraordinaire.'
Music Is My Sanctuary: 'One of the most talented and prolific new talents in the new global house scene.'
Junodownload: 'Alexander Lay-Far is undoubtedly one of the most talented house producers of his generation.'
Red Rack'Em: 'Dance music legend.'
Wah Wah45s: 'One of the most sought-after DJs and producers on the planet.'
Atjazz: 'One of the finest souls in dance music.''

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Lay-Far - True, Necessary, Kind

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