Damian Lazarus Debuts First Official Remix With Mystical Spin on 'Atacama': Exclusive

Damian Lazarus
Moses Pini Siluk

Damian Lazarus

Damian Lazarus has cemented his name as one of electronic music’s more mystical figures. From his annual Day Zero party in the jungle of Tulum, to his cosmically-inclined work alongside The Ancient Moons, Lazarus has made a career out of channeling transcendent dance floor experiences.

It thus comes as no surprise that Lazarus's latest release is an official spin on Audiofly and Patrice Baumel’s "Atacama" -- an ode to the wondrous, 600-mile Chilean desert of the same name. "The first moment I heard this track I knew there was something very special about it," Lazarus says. "Not only did it strike me as a killer club record, but I also felt the textures completely appropriate to my own experiences in the Atacama desert."

Lazarus quickly signed the record to his international imprint, Crosstown Rebels, which consequently provided the impetus for his debut remix. "I've been thinking about producing remixes for a while," he says. "Once I signed this track to Crosstown I knew this would be a great place to start."

While the original is an effective club concoction, built around swirling vocals and an intermittent bassline, Lazarus' rendition (which he's titled a "re-shape") opts for a more cerebral direction, highlighted by an understated house groove and a diverse range of melodic embellishments.

"The textures in the original are so strong and it works so well on the dance floor that I felt I could re-shape it into something a bit deeper," he says.

As it happens, the new revision has opened the door for more remixes from Lazarus. His next project, he tells Billboard Dance, will be a forthcoming spin on Alt-J.

"My plan for remixes is to make music that sits comfortably in my DJ sets, whereas the other music I’ve been producing recently for the new Ancient Moons album is more suited to home listening and for the live show experience," he says.

Audiofly and Patrice Baumel’s Atacama EP is out on Crosstown Rebels on Sept. 15, including Damian Lazarus’s official re-shape.


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