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Hyper Phase EP
~ Lost Midas
- Label: Tru Thoughts
- Cat Number: TRUDD094
Praise for the recent “Memory Flux” EP:
“An effusive glow… bathed in a warm light that’s all his own” – RESIDENT ADVISOR
“One of our favourites, a brilliant LA talent… all the tracks on it are brilliant” – LAUREN LAVERNE (BBC 6MUSIC)
“A fantastic track… a bit of an epic EP… Absolutely loving that” – NEMONE (BBC 6MUSIC)
“Our video of the week. Really interesting… Love the track, love the video”- EDITH BOWMAN (BBC 6MUSIC / R1)
“Unabashedly playful… melding together a variety of bubbly FX and one hefty, sub-infused bassline” – XLR8R
The “Hyper Phase” EP, out 18th November on Tru Thoughts, is the second official release from LA based producer Lost Midas. This trio of new tunes follows swiftly on from the “Memory Flux” EP which appeared in summer to instant mainstream and specialist support, from the likes of Lauren Laverne, Nemone and Edith Bowman on BBC 6Music; KCRW, Resident Advisor, XLR8R, Potholes In My Blog, Topman Generation and more.
While “Memory Flux” introduced Lost Midas with a gauzy, shape-shifting bitter-sweetness; now “Hyper Phase”, true to its name, ramps up the lucidity and the tempo. The EP release will be preceded by a free download of the lead track, “Dance Monkeys” feat. NüTrik on 15th October.
With influences ranging from a lifelong love of pop melodies and the ‘80s New Wave through J. Dilla to The Mahavishnu Orchestra, Lost Midas productions tread an aesthetic turf somewhere between Neon Indian and Bibio; irresistible ditties peeped through striking textures and energetic beats. Lost Midas is the alter ego of Jason Trikakis, who established himself as a hip hop drummer throughout his teens and into his ‘20s, mastering a range of instruments in the meantime on his way to developing an obsession with composition and the endless possibilities of electronic production. Moving to LA from his native Boston was the catalyst for an intense burst of creativity and inspiration, leading to the Lost Midas sound you now hear, and inspiring the title of this EP.
Opening track “Dance Monkeys” features NüTrik (aka Trikakis’ brother Nick, Native Instruments product specialist and co-owner of their LA based recording studio) on Moog synths, atop an uptempo jazzy vibe and full-fat drum sounds. Like “Love Undone” – the lead track from his last EP, which made its way into the KCRW Top 20 Most Played, as well as being BBC 6Music’s Video Of The Week - “Dance Monkeys” has at its core a pop song; but the strange structure calls to mind something more ethereal, and Nü Trik’s savvy with vintage synths brings a warm analogue feel.
On “No Way Out”, we find Lost Midas tapping into the ‘80s and a sense of dark, melancholic nostalgia, also taking on vocal duties with a hook that speaks in its own distilled way of transformation, the need to be real and escape the status quo of modern existence. “Sometimes we feel trapped by the bullshit, the endless noise, and it can feel at times like there is no way out,” Trikakis elucidates.
With an undeniably funky bassline and percussive ride cymbal pattern, coupled with an unusual flow from one section to the next, closing track “Boss Man” feat. NüTrik is the most complete embodiment yet of the electrofusion tag coined by Trikakis to describe his music. It is also the most complete collaboration, whether intended or not, between himself and NüTrik: having written the foundation of the track, he came home one day to find his brother laying down a beautiful melody over the beat, creating an analogue synth soundscape of such depth that he was “surprised to find I’d had anything to do with it at all!”
Continuing his relationship with Daddy Kev (Alpha Pup/Flying Lotus) who mastered this material, the success of his last EP led to Lost Midas playing at the legendary Low End Theory, where he brought his live show to a packed club of appreciative music lovers in late September, cementing the undeniable rising star status of this producer.