While I sat at home the last two years, my musical preferences veered towards the sparse, introspective and, let’s just admit it, the morose. I could be forgiven for feeling sorry for myself and wanting to sulk in the melancholy of the local and global crises. Now that even a place like Seattle is beginning to feel “normal” again, it feels appropriate to embrace sounds that are celebratory, uplifting, and communal.
As Etari, Lexi Andre has delved equally into hypnotic ambient/house hybrids and juking club burners. The former was on full display with her debut album on 100% Silk, and the latter has surfaced on several EPs and compilation singles released over the last few years. On our initial taste of Lavender Luv, Etari’s new 4-tracker with London label Running Out of Steam, “Chemistry” flips on the laser lights and invites you into a spaced out, skittering rhythmic adventure. Without embracing nostalgic electronic trends head on, the LA producer mixes elements of jungle, drum and bass, and deep house into a distinctly modern club sound. While her Rainbow Eucalyptus album skewed towards an introverted house and ambient vibe that helped ease me out of my lockdown induced isolation, “Chemistry” is poised to rain positive vibrations onto any club, warehouse, desert rave, or solo party at club home.
The Lavender Luv EP drops on digital and vinyl September 30.