The New Yorker producer Conor Cook is Curtis Lowe, the alter ego for his newest electronic project, who has just released his debut EP Sad Bangers vol. 1. His newest EP came out today and it’s a compilation of a handful of incredibly talented collaborations, including Leif Podhasky, Art Director of Tame Impala and Foals.
His debut single Breaking Me is an incredibly dynamic and warm house composition, a tropical-groovy summery track, which borrowed Naomi Wild’s voice (from Odesza’s Higher Ground), who puts sexiness in this sunset-beach song with her amazing vocals. Breaking Me is another perfect love song for the dancefloor, mixing sweet lovely vocals with catchy and simple lyrics and the most danceable beat for the summer of 2019. Giving us some hopeful feelings, the track begins with a piano played slowly accompanying the vocals, but then the beat drops with the chorus and a panoply of tropical sounds immediately transport us to a beach in Ibiza.
More recently Conor released his second single under his alter ego. Automatic is less melodic than the first single but it also explores different sonorities. Mostly supported over drums and other kinds of percussion instruments, what exalts the most is the sax performed by James King (Fitz and the Tantrums and M83 in Midnight Cities) which begins roughly in the middle of the song and closes the theme with a graceful and almost improvised solo. Automatic is also a collab and has Ben Duffy, from Fenech-Soler, singing “When the lights go out…/It’s automatic when I’m with you”.
To close the EP, Curtis Lowe put out the third single Out Of Focus, featuring TOMI. A perfect track for clubbing, it’s fresh and catchy, we won’t be surprised if we hear this any night as we walk into some hyped club.
Every year there’s a producer who comes out with the song we all consider as the hymn of that summer and for us, with this EP and these gorgeous and incredibly summery singles Curtis Lowe is surely running for that mark.