Five years have now passed since Boogie Café Records was established as an outlet for soul-flecked dance floor jams. The Bristol-based label has grown exponentially in that time, with a succession of highly regarded releases attracting a swathe of higher profile artists to the roster.
The latest is Russian heavyweight Alexander Lay-Far, a producer whose blends of deep house, disco, boogie, soul, jazz and broken beat have appeared on labels including Local Talk, Atjazz, City Fly, Lazy Days, Leng and the In-Beat-Ween Music imprint he established in 2015.
The Moscow-based producer’s first outing on Boogie Café is entitled “Re-Imagine Yourself”; it seems a fitting name, because across the four sample-heavy tracks Lay-Far brilliantly joins the dots between disparate sounds and styles whilst retaining his trademark warmth and soul.
For this EP, Lay Far’s just explained his process behind this exclusive video: “It’s pure 90’s nostalgia right here and a tribute to the halcyon days! I made the video using “Music” (Music Creation) for Sony Playstation 1 -- that’s the very program I first started my sound experiments with back in 1998 -- 1999. 20 years after I feel like it’s high time to go back to the roots and pay homage to the era! ”