First Listen: Lay-Far with Pete Simpson – Stand Up (Atjazz Remix) (In-Beat-Ween-Music)
Ashley Beedle, Kaytronik AKA Karizma, Phil Asher, thatmanmonkz… Here are just some of the names one may find in the credits of Lay-Far‘s ‘So Many Ways Remixed’ album. Itsef a revamp of his debut-album which saw the light back in 2013 on Chicago-based label Greenview Records Inc.
Futuristic groove alchemist Martin ‘Atjazz’ Iveson brilliantly opens the ball on ‘Stand Up’. Therefore transforming it into a killer Electro Funky bass-driven Broken Beat gem that he enlightens with lush strings. Thus bringing Pete Simpson‘s soulful vocal performance into another dimension.
Enough to make of it a pretty much worth the check track at the end…
To be honest, Russia is far from being the first country comin’ to mind as far as the groove is concerned. A DJ/producer hailing from Moskow, Alexander Leyfa, aka Lay-Fa, has nevertheless established himself as a driving force in the Russian soulful scene. With thanks to his well acclaimed “In-Beat-Ween Sessions” (from the name of his own label). But also the organization of events in countless venues in Moskow. From the Cult to 16 Tons and Shanti to name a few.
Lay-Far‘s unique style has progressively got him to make himself a serious reputation. Not only in his native country. But also abroad. Thus gaining the support of luminaries such as Marshall Jefferson, DJ Spinna, Ashley Beedle or Gilles Peterson.
A skillful DJ and selector, Lay-Far seamlessly bridges the gaps between the old and the new, the ancestral and the futuristic. This resulting in a particular sonic blend to satisfy one’s body, mind and spirit.
As a matter of fact, Needless to say as to how the man has got the funk. Therefore, no wonder how he has come to headline some of the major global music events. Beginning with the legendary festivals like Southport Weekender, SunceBeat, Southern Soul and Usadba Jazz to name a few. Meanwhile numerous media publications have quoted him as one of the key players responsible for the global revival of soulful house and broken beat scenes.
Unsurprisingly, Lay-Far‘s own music has ended up makin’ its way to the key tastemakers in the world. In other words, Laurent Garnier, Osunlade, Jimpster, Josh Wink and Ben Sims just to name a few. With his tracks getting support from some of the hottest radios in the world.
Speakin’ of Lay-Far, Atjazz just said… “One of the finest souls in Dance Music!”
– It’s quite surprising to note no one has ever written a biography in regards to Pete Simpson. Come on… We’re talking about one of the most talented singers hailing from the U.K. along with Omar and Tony Momrelle! With All of them having a lot in common with each other as a matter of fact. Beginning with their instantly identifiable voices. But also their undeniable versatility.
A skillfulness which has allowed Simpson to embrace many different genres. From Acid Jazz, along with Domu to Drum & Bass with London Elektricity (check the outstanding ‘Impossible To Say’). When not Broken Beat with Russian producer Lay-Far on the intoxicating ‘Stand Up’ as remixed by Atjazz. This in addition to his memorable contribution to Joey Negro‘s The Sunburst Band.
Meanwhile the list would be incomplete without a mention of his regular collaborations with House producers. This bringing us to gems such as ‘In My Heart’ with Bobby & Steve but also ‘Gotta Make It Right’ with Groove Assassin. And, more recently, ‘Freedom’ with Portuguese producer Alex Ander. Then ‘In Bed With You’ with thatmanmonkz and ‘Thank You’ with The Layabouts. These in addition to ‘New World’ along With Sean McCabe.