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Tag Archives: Eric Lau
Every year, it seems, brings a new slew of producers from overseas. In Europe, the underground beat-making scene is similar to the dance music scene, and producers crank out instrumental tracks for the nightclubs and underground radio shows, without necessarily waiting for a rapper to bless them. Add a greater willingness to experiment with different sounds, and you’ve got a world that can seem more fascinating and liberated than the U.S.’s sometimes-conservative perspective on hip-hop culture.
Eric Lau is one of those names that might be unfamiliar to U.S. listeners. He landed a track on Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Bubblers compilation; collaborated with Dudley Perkins on a well-received EP, Dudley & Friends; and produced Guilty Simpson’s excellent "For the D" that appeared on a Fat City Records compilation. His debut, New Territories, set for release on March 18 via Ubiquity Records, doesn’t contain any familiar names. See if you can recognize any in the track listing below.