Lazaro Casanova's Soul Food EP Is Heavy, Hypnotic, and Moody

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Cuban-born DJ and producer Lazaro Casanova hardly needs an introduction among Miami's EDM cognoscenti. Many of you will remember him from his days as resident DJ of Revolver, the infamous, long-standing party that put downtown Miami hipster nightlife on the map.

These days, Casanova is best known as a busy international tour DJ and for the petFood label he started with LA-based DJ/producer Jay-You as a launching pad for their tropical-flavored house productions. And lately, petFood continued to expand with quality contributions by both local and international producers like Fabricio, Mary Velo, and Gil Montiel.

Casanova's latest release for petFood, the 2-track Soul Food EP, shows a notable leap in the maturity and songcraft of his productions, graduating from the percussive minimalism of his earlier efforts to more elaborate, song-oriented vocal forays.

The hypnotic and moody "Sun In The Sky" is carried by Casanova's idiosyncratic Latin rhythms, stark moody synth, and piano stabs and a soulful Michael Bublé vocal sample. Ideal for a breezy fall night dancing on the terrace at Space Miami or Ibiza, perhaps.  

With standout track "Mhm, Yeah Yeah," old school Miami house legends Murk may have found their rightful heir. And it's no surprise, considering the duo's Oscar G has been mentoring Casanova in the studio as of late. This delectably soulful, jacking number is a vocal rework of the 1992 house classic "Nu Nu" by Lidell Townsell & M.T.F., driven by jazzy piano chords, chunky claps, and a phenomenally funky low-end.

Two fine efforts from a producer who has clearly come into his own in the last couple years and is carrying the torch of Miami's homebred house sound. Look out for the Soul Food EP, which will be hitting online retailers on October 19. It's sure to get lots of play at the clubs before the end of the year.

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