Sad Bangers for Art Basel
Curtis Lowe is a new electronic music project from NYC-based producer Conor Cook. The debut EP, Sad Bangers Vol. 1, is due January 18 via the Spotify Direct program. The first single “Breaking Me” is premiering today on EDM Sauce who says, “‘Breaking Me’ is a delicious little piece of deep melodic house. With a tropical tinge, deep house groove, and some beautiful melodic female vocals of Naomi Wild, “Breaking Me” sounds like the anthem for a sunset on an Ibiza beach.”
The EP was produced by Cook, who also plays guitar on every track. The songs were all co-written by Cook and the featured vocalists. The record includes collaborations with vocalist Naomi Wild, RCA artist TOMI, Ben Duffy of the UK band Fenech-Soler, and James King of Fitz and the Tantrums.
Of the music, Cook explains, “I wanted to create modern a sound that is based around classic house elements and good songs. I’ve been writing with some great musicians and friends over the last year and am excited to begin releasing music under Curtis Lowe. The songwriting happened in a variety of sessions in NYC and LA, but most of the production was done alone in my apartment in Brooklyn over the last year. I drew a lot of the inspiration for the sonics of the project from 90’s/Chicago house music, married with modern production elements, and darker songwriting themes. Organic instrumental performances are an important part of these songs as well. The EP features tons of guitar, sax, and analog synths (Juno 106, SH101, Prophet, and Moog Sub 37 etc), alongside plenty of 909 samples and soft synths. More than anything though, this project is about collaborations.”
Leif Podhajsky, who has created album art for Tame Impala, Foals, and Bonobo among others, provided artwork for the project. “Visual art is an equally important part of this project,” adds Cook. “I am obsessed with album artwork and so I was excited to get the chance to work with Leif Podhajsky on this project. I’ve been a huge fan of his designs for years and we have a bunch of cool visual artwork that we’ll be putting out over the next few months.”
In addition to his solo work, Cook is a member of the band VHS Collection. VHS Collection’s songs have been streamed over 60 million times and they have toured extensively and played major festival slots at Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits and Governor’s Ball.
Photo Courtesy @ Catie Laffoon, Artwork @ Leif Podhasky