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Lyonheart - No Brakes EP

Release Date
3 x50 Black Hole Recordings 3 November 2017
As diverse as it is eclectic as it is bold, Iranian-born/London-based music producer Lyonheart delivers November an unforgettable EP. ‘No Brakes’ takes its cues from a broad 25-year range of music. Suffice to say if your tastes run anywhere down the lines of early Massive Attack, Radiohead and Depeche Mode onto Disclosure, Mylo and others more contemporary still, this four-tracker has something for you.

For an EP titled ‘No Brakes’, there are certainly plenty of breakbeats on its opening number. Around ‘Refuge’s tumbling kicks, Lyonheart packs urgently strummed guitars and pianoforte licks, both of which chime brilliantly with his brooding vocals and every-bit-as bittersweet lyrics.

At the opposite end of the breaks & tempo spectrum, the rhythmic percussion and shadowy beat loops of ‘Running’ dive it down into super-chilled musical waters. Co-written by Aqualung (he of ‘Strange And Beautiful’ fame), the track’s raw, indie-ish vocals cast a spellbinding effect across the track.

‘Guru’ brings symphonic and orchestral elements to the EP, adding – through its vivid strings - no small degree of grandeur. Lyonheart underscores the calmer edge of his song with poignant piano lamentations and cooler bass movements.

Bringing the EP to its track conclusion is ‘Amelia’, which finds Lyonheart producing at the most vocally uplifting end of his scale. Awash with catchy harmonies, big strings, infectious, 80s-induced synth moments and neat FX aftereffects, it possesses near-limitless daytime appeal.