Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Lance Leber – Roundi EP01

Lance Leber Roundi EP01 Roundi Music
You want the good or the bad news? The good news is that, due to impracticalities of working together while living on different continents, Short Bus Kids have decided to call it a day, or at least put things on hold for a while.

The good news is that both the two producers involved are now working solo, which could in theory mean twice as much deep house goodness heading our way! So this is the first solo offering from former SBK Lance Leber, who's now returned to the studio after taking some time out to be a new dad, and consists of four tracks, confusingly titled Roundi 4, Roundi 9, Roundi 11 and Roundi 12. Go figure.

Roundi 4 (AKA Spanish Chant) is proggy and dreamy, Roundi 9 (AKA Own Thing) is typically bumpin' and hip-house flavoured à la vintage SBKs, Roundi 11 (AKA Mike N' Ally's House) is a little techier but still pretty darn funky, and then finally Roundi 12 (AKA Chemistry) draws heavily on jazz, funk and soul influences, sounding a little like Prince circa Sexy Motherfucker but at a house tempo.

A varied EP, then, that shows this west coast stalwart hasn't lost his touch. Welcome back.

**UPDATE 8/8: Had an email from Lance this morning: Roundi 11 (Mike N' Ally's House) and Roundi 12 (Chemistry) are now being released by Drop Music instead, complete with an Inland Knights remix of Chemistry… so the finished Roundi EP01 now just consists of the other two. Sorry for the confusion!

Out: This week

About: This comes on brand new label Roundi, as you might've guessed from the EP title! As far as I can make out, Lance is co-running the label with one Jerad Hioki. The only website I can find for them is this one which doesn't seem to do a lot at the mo' but no doubt it'll be up and running properly soon… in the meantime you can keep up with Lance's goings-on at, and also I can tell you now that he's got another single coming on Vincent Kwok's Eight-fifteen label very soon.

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