Curtis Lowe is a new electronic music project from NYC-based producer Conor Cook. His debut EP, Sad Bangers Vol. 1, is due January 18 via Spotify Direct. The first single “Breaking Me” is out now and we got the chance to exclusively share it with you!
“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.
Sad Bangers Vol. 1 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.
Conor Cook exclusively to EDM Sauce on Sad Bangers Vol.1 and “Breaking Me” – “This is a project about collaborations more than anything. I’ve been writing songs 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. I drew a lot of the inspiration for the sonics of the project from 90’s House / Chicago House music, married with modern production elements, and darker songwriting themes. Organic instrumental performances are an important part of these songs as well (there’s guitar or sax on every track on the EP), as are hardware synths. A Juno 106, SH101, Prophet, and Moog are all in the mix and help to give the tracks character and weight. Breaking Me has all the core elements that this project is about and the vocals from Naomi Wild felt really special right from the start. Like most tracks I work on, seventy five percent of the song was written in a couple of hours, but it took several months of tinkering with arrangements, sounds, and mixing to get it all to really work. I’m looking forward to releasing a lot more music that sounds like this in 2019.”
Curtis Lowe – Breaking Me
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.”