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The “Hyper Phase” EP, out November 19th on Tru Thoughts, is the second official release from LA based producer Lost Midas. 'Hyper Phase' consists of a trio of new tunes and 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.
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.