Crosstown Rebels has remained at the forefront of contemporary dance music for nearly two decades. Championing both breakthrough artists as well as those well established, the 15th of April will see this perfectly encapsulated as label-head Damian Lazarus, global-house duo Gorgon City and rising vocalist Leia Contois team up on Start Over, Crosstown’s biggest release of the year so far.
"I’m super happy that Start Over is coming out on Crosstown. Ever since Gorgon City’s amazing remix of Sacred Dance of the Demon for my Ancient Moons project, the three of us have been waiting for the right opportunity to work together. Introducing my friend Leia Contois to make her vocal debut was both the catalyst and the icing on the cake. To play the track all together, with Leia performing live, at Red Rocks in Colorado next month is going to be a real moment.” - Damian Lazarus.
Gorgon City echoed a similar sentiment: “We’ve known Damian for years so it's been so fun to finally collaborate! We love the vibe of the tune and we’re so excited to play it at Red Rocks together!”
Tribal-like drum patterns get things underway on Start Over, as we’re soon graced with the enchanting vocals of Leia Contois. Mesmeric and moving, her delicate lyrical offerings complement the electronic sounds of Damian and Gorgon City, with the introduction of a driving lead bassline in the track’s second half helping to create a hard, club-ready edge. It feels emotive and geared for the dancefloor simultaneously, showcasing an innate chemistry between each artist.
Damian Lazarus: DJ, producer, Crosstown Rebels label-head and internationally-recognised talent. His contributions to electronic music speak for themselves, from championing the likes of Jamie Jones and Seth Troxler in their early days, to running and operating multiple festivals in the form of Day Zero and Get Lost. From global headline tours to achieving several UK Top Ten singles, Gorgon City have become one the UK’s most successful electronic producers in recent years. Crossing over into mainstream popularity whilst remaining true to their underground roots, the boys have sold out venues the world over, with London club highlights including Printworks, Tobacco Dock and O2 Academy Brixton to name a few. US-native Leia Contois is an actress, model and vocalist. Her contributions on Start Over marks her maiden appearance on Crosstown Rebels, setting the tone for a highlight year ahead.