Over the last 18 months, a significant shift in Levi David’s surroundings and the creation of his newly established label JRNI Records has driven his reconnection with music. With a lust for life renewed, Levi has turned his passion towards making melody-driven storytelling music, crossing over electronica and breakbeat genres. The result was the Lust EP.
Growing up in the early 90s, Levi was raised on the sounds of early rave culture. His uncle David, a stalwart in the Stoke-on-Trent rave scene, inspired Levi with handed-down vinyl selections and 90s nightlife anecdotes. He also bought him his first computer, which resulted in Levi creating remixes of all his uncle’s favourite rave classics.
One party that was a centre point of this golden era was Entropy. Levi pays homage to this iconic institution in the second track on his latest release. He reminisces on a time gone by with hopeful keys and joyous sampling, layered over a breakbeat which stirs up feelings of old school nostalgia.
His connection with Zone Focus started 10 years ago when he met Mike ZF at a student house party. The two became close friends and later formed the club night Sealed, together, riding the house renaissance of the early 2010s. Throughout the years, they collaborated further on other projects including a release on ZF’s alternative compilation, O R B I T A L. He now steps up to release his debut EP on the label, which will is available to stream or download now.
For his submission to the Roots series Levi has picked out 5 tunes from decades past that have significantly shaped his musical journey.
1. Groove Armada – Always Take Me Higher
From No Ejector Seat EP. I got my wax copy for ‘Don’t Take Your Love Away’ and imagine my surprise when I played the B side for the first time and heard this! One of my all time favourite secret weapons.
2. LFO – LFO
If you’re into electronic music and haven’t heard this track then you must have been hiding under a rock. An old school classic which resonates the sounds of the rave scene in my hometown during the 90’s, Stoke on Trent.
3. Y Traxx – Mystery Land
If you could encapsulate the feeling of standing on sunset boulevard, in front of Cafe Del Mar, watching the sun set, with a cold beer in hand, and turn that into a song, well… I feel like this would be it. A lot of my early ambition in music production came from the 90’s trance explosion, and this track has got it all!
4. St Germain – Rose Rouge
This was a game changer for me, the way St Germain fused live jazz sounds with a house beat just created a whole new vibe. And the structure of this is perfect, blending seamlessly from one to the other. It still rocks my speakers 21 years later
5. Mos Def – Umi Says
I also had a lot of influence from Hip Hop in the 90’s, you know, when Hip Hop was real Hip Hop. I was just mad for the bassline and drum break on this track, and still am. Add the beautiful sound of Mos Def and it’s a timeless classic.
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