Premiere: Lifelike & Kris Menace – “Ecstasy”


Warning: do not drive or operate heavy machinery while under the influence of the new track (or especially the video) by French/German DJ/producer team Lifelike & Kris Menace. Let’s just say that in both the sonic and visual sense, its title, “Ecstasy,” is to be taken literally. The in-your-face old-school rave vibe of the tune is bound to evoke images of people madly flinging their bodies around a late-’80s/early-’90s Manchester club under the influence of a certain substance, and the joyous emotion usually accompanied by that scenario. The mind-melting video crafted by Hexstatic, who have previously worked for the likes of Coldcut and David Byrne, is the cherry on top, completing the head-swirling experience. Lifelike and Kris themselves had this to say about the endeavor: “Manchester and the Hacienda always had a special place in our hearts: its part of our musical culture, this is where it all happened, the birth of acid-house & techno movement, Tony Wilson, Factory Records, 808 State, etc…Back home in our studio, it was obvious,  we had to do it, we had those old Roland TB-303/TR-707/Akai S950 sampler under a pile of dust that we had totally forgotten, this is what we used to produce ‘Ecstasy,’ all in one night, and we’re really proud of it, as it sounds like no other records out now on the scene.”

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