Lane 8

I think I speak for the majority when I say we go through most of our lives vaguely aware of things. I make this assessment because prior to me listening to Lane 8’s “Loving You,” I was vaguely aware of Lulu James and Anjuadeep. Per a previous post, you know I have an ongoing appreciation and love for Above & Beyond. The always lovely, Jono and Paavo, formed Anjuabeats in 2000, with sub-label Anjuabeats coming to fruition in 2005. My history with Lulu James is new and different than A&B’s. Lulu James actually graced me with her magnificent presence when I went to see Gorgon City a few months (maybe a year) ago. She had a powerful voice, little did I know the growth she’d achieve as an in-demand vocalist and writer. Lane 8, however, is a brand new name for me, so let us commence the internet stalk!

As we all know, there is no greater source than the all-knowing Wikipedia. Every day I thank the heavens for the internet community’s commitment to the dissemination of information. A skim of Lane 8’s page reveals that 1) he’s an American artist, 2) Pete Tong’s labeled him a “Future Star,” and 3) Wikipedia marks his start in 2012. I’m not going to pretend I know a lot about production or vocals, but I know what I like and I’ll explain it to the best of my ability. For the purposes of this post, I’m focusing primarily on the “In Session with Lulu James” version of the song because it’s raw and caters to my penchant for emotion.

The song opens with James’ somber vocals and moves into questions of time, whether the moment will last and whether her lover will leave her. All questions we ask ourselves in stable and tumultuous relationships. The song plays on the doubt and blind love that intermingle when in a relationship. The simple accompaniment of the piano feeds into this emotion, helping to build James’ cry. The song is eerie and even if you’re a single pringle like me, it’ll make you feel all sorts of feelings that you should embrace. After listening to the song, my suggestion is repeat the following statement, “My feelings are good and justified!” – Cheers my lovely chickens 🙂



Wearing my demons with Alex…

Alex Vargas that is. So, I’m not going to pretend I found Alex all on my own. I’ve been a casual long-term fan of Above and Beyond for a while and it’s through them that I’ve been able to delight in the sounds of Mr. Vargas’ voice. I honestly didn’t even notice how talented he was until I sat through Above and Beyonds’ acoustic performance (praise A&B for posting that for free on Youtube).

To explain his voice imagine power, but also delicacy. His falsettos (hopefully I’m using the right terminology *le sigh*) always knock the wind out of you . At the same time he also knows how to punch you with hunger and bass. It’s just pure emotion. SWEET SWEET EMOTION! LAWD YALL…he’s simply superb. I’m including two of my favorite performances, but trust when I say that picking two wasn’t easy. Honestly, just listen to his performances they all speak for themselves. I think I would have died and gone to heaven at the opportunity to attended SXSW because apparently he was there?  Sadly, that’s probably the only shot I’ll have at listening to him live in the US (sans YouTube), as he’s mainly touring in the UK and Europe right now…enjoyyyy 😀