Cuban-born DJ and producerLazaro Casanova
hardly needs an introduction among Miami's EDM cognoscenti. Many of you
will remember him from his days as resident DJ of Revolver, the
infamous, long-standing party that put downtown Miami hipster nightlife
on the map.
These days, Casanova is best known as a busy international tour DJ and for the petFood
label he started with LA-based DJ/producer Jay-You as a launching pad
for their tropical-flavored house productions. And lately, petFood continued to expand with quality contributions by both local and
international producers like Fabricio, Mary Velo, and Gil Montiel.
Casanova's latest release for petFood, the 2-track Soul Food
EP, shows a notable leap in the maturity and songcraft of his
productions, graduating from the percussive minimalism of his earlier
efforts to more elaborate, song-oriented vocal forays.
hypnotic and moody "Sun In The Sky" is carried by Casanova's
idiosyncratic Latin rhythms, stark moody synth, and piano stabs and a soulful Michael Bublé vocal sample. Ideal for a breezy fall night
dancing on the terrace at Space Miami or Ibiza, perhaps.
standout track "Mhm, Yeah Yeah," old school Miami house legends Murk may
have found their rightful heir. And it's no surprise, considering the
duo's Oscar G has been mentoring Casanova in the studio as of late. This
delectably soulful, jacking number is a vocal rework of the 1992 house
classic "Nu Nu" by Lidell Townsell & M.T.F., driven by jazzy piano chords, chunky claps, and a phenomenally funky low-end.
fine efforts from a producer who has clearly come into his own in the
last couple years and is carrying the torch of Miami's homebred house
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sound. Look out for the Soul Food EP, which will be hitting online
retailers on October 19. It's sure to get lots of play at the clubs
before the end of the year.