#YouAreNotAlone: Amy Douglas

DATE:
April 13th, 2020
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#YouAreNotAlone: With the current circumstances and the weird, turbulent times all over the globe, we asked our friends to choose a favourite album or a track for these isolated days, and share it with us along with a photo. An album a day keeps the bad vibes away. Stay safe.

Straight from NYC, our beloved vocalist and songwriter Amy Douglas shares with us a song that means the world to her, Elton John’s “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road”.

“I if I had to pinpoint one album just one above all others that takes me to the beginning of everything that means the world to me it is ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’. There are roughly about 10 artists who ultimately shaped my destiny and Elton John is in the top three. During times like this I often try to reach for the things that made me happy in childhood as my childhood was hardly happy, it was quite frightful. When you can reach down for the things that bring you joy in this case, the thing that ultimately started me on my path, It brings a sense of hope to the body quickly; to the spirit. It reminds you to hold on no matter what till the very end that there is always somewhere a section of the sky with a perfect sun in it. In this case ‘Goodbye Yellow Brick Road’ achieves not only the tears inducing magic that takes me back to being a kid, lonely and constantly dodging toxic bullets at home and school, and how every time this album began I saw the ‘Yellow Brick Road’ in the title, illuminated.

‘Funeral for a Friend’ kicks off and I’m gone. Elton John is a musical Sherpa and a spiritual guide of my life. ‘Oh I finally decided my future lies beyond the yellow brick road?’ I don’t even know that a yellow brick road existed and was possible until this album. Gloriously drenched in fantasy without being a concept album it also features some of the best musical moments from the band completely amazing playing by his brilliant band Davey Johnstone, Nigel Olsson and the criminally underrated Dee Murray, all proving they could SING like Gods-Listen to the vocal backup track on ‘Candle In The Win’ and ‘Harmony’! Gus Dudgeon’s production already otherworldly soars to new heights. The songs are already legendary, but the album cuts are every bit as appealing. Bernie Taupin’s lyrics always some of my favorite ever penned are all the more personal and candid as fame now clearly overwhelms.

Then the maestro, my hero of heroes the perfect messenger for a walk down the gilded path of dreams and vision and hope, singing and playing as never before and that is SAYING something, because when is Elton Hercules John NOT the best you EVER heard? It’s that solo on ‘Benny and The Jets’. This is a majestic masterwork, both utterly maximalist and utterly intimate and soul baring. It’s my Balm In Gilead.”

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Amy Douglas: “Cities In Dust”

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Body Music & Amy Douglas: “Love Games”

DATE:
March 27th, 2020
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Body Music, the dynamic duo of The Rapture’s Vito Roccoforte, who also operates as one half of Vito & Druzzi and Boston’s producer and multi-instrumentalist Bosq, have teamed up with New York vocalist and songwriter Amy Douglas, known for her incredible solo tracks, to deliver “Love Games”, which marks the pairs Glitterbox debut.

With its soulful piano riffs and funky guitar loops compliment Douglas’ seductive diva vocals, “Love Games” is a surefire dancefloor heater for the disco-lovers. Give the extended mix of “Love Games” a spin above, and get ready for some serious quarantined ass shaking!

“Love Games” is out now via Glitterbox Recordings. Buy it here

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LAGASTA 10 years compilation

DATE:
May 6th, 2019
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Artwork: Bráulio Amado

DOWNLOAD: LAGASTA’s 10 years compilation HERE for the price of an e-mail

We are 10! Last Gas Station, aka LAGASTA, turns 10 this year, and celebrates its tunefully inspirational road trips through all these years in a very special way: a new compilation of exclusive covers! They invited some of their favourite artists and producers, who have been part of La.Ga.Sta.’s family all these years, to choose a best-loved song of theirs, and make a cover version of it for a new anniversary compilation. The outcome is an exceptional…track compilation that brings the most deserving music to the surface, from George Michael to Siouxsie and the Banshees and from Whitney Houston to Blood Orange. It’s a fusion of different decades and music styles. The 15-track compilation is now available as a free download, artwork by one of the most exciting graphic designers today, Portugal-born, NYC-based Bráulio Amado.

TRACKLIST:

01. Fainting By Numbers – A Different Corner

Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor and Justus Köhncke deliver a sublime electronic cover of George Michael’s 1986 classic ballad “A Different Corner” as Fainting By Numbers. We just can’t get enough of it…

02. Zombies In Miami – Orient Express

Mexico’s finest Zombies In Miami pulled over once again at our station with this outstanding cover of Wish Key’s 1983 “Orient Express”, tailor made for your next car rides.

03. Amy Douglas – Cities In Dust

Straight from NYC, our beloved Amy Douglas does her magic once again, delivering a great cover of Siouxsie And The Banshees’ “Cities In Dust” from their 1986 LP “Tinderbox”. Play it loud!

04. Poolside – Strange Overtones (Yuksek Dub)

French electro maverick and Partyfine label founder Yuksek has something special for us, a delicious dud version of Poolside’s glorious cover of David Byrne and Brian Eno’s “Strange Overtone”. That’s the way we like it!

05. Curses – This Is The Day

NYC-born, Berlin-based producer and DJ Luca Venezia, better known as Curses, take us for a ride with his brilliant take on his favourite The The song, “This Is The Day”.

06. Woolfy Vs. Projections – West End Girls

From LA streets to the Last Gas Station…Californian duo Woolfy Vs. Projections cover Pet Shop Boys’ classic “West End Girls” in their own special way. And we absolutely loved it!

07. Pional – Saint

Spanish producer and frequent John Talabot collaborator Miguel Barros, Pional, puts his signature touch on this gorgeous cover of Blood Orange’s “Saint”.

08.Lauren Flax feat. Kim Ann Foxman – Pleasure Principle (Lauren Flax Revision)

Creep’s Lauren Flax revisits her 2014 killer cover of Janet Jackson’s ‘Pleasure Principle:, featuring Kim Ann Foxman, and the result is really something special. What’s not to love.

09. LAGASTA feat. Private Agenda – Love Is A Stranger

LAGASTA’s own contribution on the compilation is a cover of their all-time favorite Eurythmics song “Love Is A Stranger”, that’s been turn into a melodic haunted lullaby with the sensual vocals by Berlin’s duo Private Agenda giving the track an emotional approach. Ride with us…

10. Larry Gus – I Miss You variations feat. Polygrains

Yay! Our Greek psych-pop musician Panagiotis Melidis, aka Larry Gus, has made a superb cover of Björk’s “I Miss You”. Featuring Polygrains, this groove-filled version is laced with infectious layers of percussion. It’s so damn good!

11. Benjamin Fröhlich – How Much Are

Permanent Vacation’s co-founder Benjamin Fröhlich serves his amazing version on a track that was a big inspiration for him through the years; the 1981 “How Much Are They”, an ’80s anthem from Jah Wobble/Jaki Liebezeit/Holger Czukay, taken from their 1982 collaborative LP “Full Circle”.

12. Luxxury – Self Control

Los Angeles-based producer Blake Robin, aka Luxxury, works his magic on Laura Branigan’s 1984 cover of Raf’s “Self Control” and transforms it to a piano-driven, sun-drenched beauty, adding new sonic colours to this favourite song of ours, one of the defining songs of the ’80s. Just perfect!

13. Slow Hands – Springfield

New York-based musician/producer/DJ Ryan Cavanagh, aka Slow Hands, could not be possibly missing from our anniversary compilation! Take a ride with his splendid cover of Arthur Russell’s “Springfield” filled with percussions, handclaps, and sun-kissed disco vibes.

14. Moullinex & Xinobi – Human Fly

Moullinex and Xinobi, the Discotexas label founders, take us for a disco ride straight to Lisbon with their stunning cover of the Cramps classic “Human Fly”.

15. Kito Jempere feat. Noteless & Lovvlover – Cherish The (Darkest) Day

This is a truly perfect closer to our 10 years compilation. Kito Jempere delivers a special cover of Sade’s 1993 signle “Cherish The Day”, taken from her fourth studio album, “Love Deluxe”.

SHOUT OUT to all the artists and producers for making it happen.

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Last Gas Station a compilation by LAGASTA

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Amy Douglas: “Cities In Dust”

DATE:
May 3rd, 2019
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NEW MUSIC
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Artwork: Bráulio Amado

Last Gas Station, aka La.Ga.Sta, turns 10 this year, and celebrates its tunefully inspirational road trips through all these years in a very special way!

They invited some of their favourite artists and producers, who have been part of La.Ga.Sta.’s family all these years, to choose a best-loved song of theirs, and make a cover version of it for a new anniversary compilation. The outcome is an exceptional…track compilation that brings the most deserving music to the surface, from George Michael to Siouxsie and the Banshees and from Whitney Houston to Blood Orange. It’s a fusion of different decades and music styles.

Amy Douglas could not be possibly missing from our anniversary compilation! Straight from NYC, Amy, our beloved and truly talented vocalist and songwriter, does her magic once again. Her choice is the 1985’s track from Siouxsie And The Banshees’ “Cities In Dust”, lead single of their album “Tinderbox”, released back in 1986. Amy’s cover is a transformation of an 80’s classic anthem into a fabulous 2019 disco masterpiece! Amy’s outstanding and captivating vocal range is beautifully applied to a fresh disco groove. You can feel her voice along with the dancy beat and the melodic synths filling the air around you. This cover was produced by Tim Wagner of 33hz, who co-wrote and produced “Never Saw It Coming”. Get ready to press the repeat button and sing “Oh your city lies in dust, my friend”. Enjoy this perfect ride!

And a big thanks to Amy Douglas and all the artists who took part in this festive compilation and for creating such strong sonic heartbeats! See you on the dance floor!

LAGASTA’s 10 years compilation will drop on May 6th as a free download via Bandcamp, with artwork by one of the most exciting graphic designers today, Portugal-born, NYC-based Bráulio Amado. Good times!

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Amy Douglas: “Never Saw It Coming”
Amy Douglas: “Never Saw It Coming (Crooked Man Remix)”

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Crooked Man: “Walls”

DATE:
October 10th, 2018
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Sheffield maverick Richard Barratt, aka Crooked Man, returns to DFA with his new album “Crooked House”, a maximalist take on electronic and house music that picks up where 2016’s self-titled LP left off. Teaming up again with Michael Somerset Ward (Clock DVA) and David Lewin (Bleep & Booster) in the studio, Richard Barratt crafts a comprehensive journey of hi-fi house belters with more sinister electro-pop mixed in for good measure.

The nine-track LP is influenced by two historic epicenters of electronic music: Sheffield, UK, where Richard has had an illustrious career in a mix of legendary groups like Funky Worm, Sweet Exorcist, and The All Seeing I; and the NYC Loft-era disco sound, where extended grooves were layered with peak-time choruses.

Now, Crooked Man has shared “Walls,” the second single off his “Crooked House” LP, a piano-driven house anthem. Speaking about the track, Crooked Man says: “‘Walls’ is about an unhealthy relationship, either with a person or a product. Trying to build up mental fortitude, only to crumble when faced by a test.” The single “Walls” features the powerful vocals of Amy Douglas, who also sang on the 2016 Crooked Man great track “Happiness.

The album “Crooked House” arrives on October 26 on DFA. Pre-order it here.

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Crooked Man: “Happiness [12 Inch Version]

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Amy Douglas: “Never Saw It Coming” Video

DATE:
October 10th, 2018
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We’ve already featured Crooked Man’s killer remix of Amy Douglas’ official DFA debut single “Never Saw It Coming”, and now our beloved NYC singer has shared a video for the track, which you can watch above. The infectious single, co-written and produced by Tim Wagner of 33Hz, has been on repeat on our car stereo for a while now. The limited release 12” single, which comes backed with two remixes by Sheffield artist Crooked Man, is out now on DFA. Pick up your copy here.

Directed by Tim Wagner.

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Crooked Man: “Happiness [12 Inch Version]

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Amy Douglas: “Never Saw It Coming (Crooked Man Remix)”

DATE:
September 17th, 2018
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NYC singer Amy Douglas makes her official DFA debut with “Never Saw It Coming,” a limited release 12” single co-written and produced by Tim Wagner of 33Hz, with two remixes by Sheffield artist Crooked Man.

Though this is Douglas’ first release on the label, she is no stranger to the DFA roster. She is the voice behind “Happiness”, the epic closing track on Crooked Man’s self-titled 2016 LP, and also appears on the forthcoming Crooked Man album, due out on DFA this fall. Amy also works with Juan Maclean as one half of Peach Melba, who have released singles on both DFA and Defected / Classic.

Here, we have for you Crooked Man’s great remix of “Never Saw It Coming” that clocks in at nearly 10 minutes. On his remix, Crooked Man let the track grow and build slowly with longer, lush arrangements. Give it a spin above, and enjoy the ride!

The “Never Saw It Coming” EP arrives on September 21 on DFA. Pre-order the 12″ here.

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Crooked Man: “Happiness [12 Inch Version]

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[Premiere] Crooked Man: “Happiness (12 Inch Version)”

DATE:
June 22nd, 2017
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Sheffield maverick Richard Barratt, formerly DJ Parrot, one half of the “Bleep Techno” duo Sweet Exorcist and part of the dance act All Seeing I, is a man of many talents and aliases. Last year, he dropped his self-titled debut LP for DFA Records under his Crooked Man moniker. A great album that truly showcased his incredible blend of wonky electronic rhythms, heavy bass and razor sharp, politically aware lyrics. One of the record’s standout cuts was the epic closer “Happiness”, a piano-led house banger with soulfully seductive diva vocals. The rich and powerful vocals for “Happiness” were sung by Amy Douglas, who’s also the singer in Juan Maclean’s side-project Peach Melba.

Now, Crooked Man’s instant-classic “Happiness” gets a new EP with three alternate versions of the track. The record also includes a killer “12 Inch version” of “Happiness” that clocks in at eleven minutes. You can stream stream it exclusively on La.Ga.Sa. “‘Happiness’ is about nostalgia, specifically the yearning, happy/sad feeling of hearing an old record that you love”, says Richard Barratt.

Crooked Man’s “Happiness” EP drops on June 23 on DFA. Pre-order it here.

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