5 Reasons We're Psyched For Drop the Lime's Upcoming Album
He may have an exotic-sounding name, but Luca Venezia is a native New Yorker, and under his Drop the Lime alias, he's been responsible for everything from killer DJ mixes to striking original songs spotlighting his own vocals, building up a bold discography along the way. There's a new Drop the Lime album, Enter the Night, due out July 3 on Ultra Music, and there's no shortage of reasons to rejoice about it, so here's a handful of the most urgent and obvious explanations for our anticipation.
1. The CV
In addition to the extensive catalog Venezia has amassed in his Drop the Lime guise, he's also responsible for founding the renowned Trouble & Bass label, home to everyone from AC Slater and Star Eyes to Ursa Major and Acid Jacks. As a remixer, he's tackled tracks by a broad spectrum of artists including Armand Van Helden, Moby, Robyn, and many more. With a background like that, how could you not want to know what he's getting set to do next?
2. The Rockabilly Factor
One of the many things that sets Drop the Lime recordings apart from the pack in the electronic/dance music realm is the fact that Venezia's fascination with decks and beats has always gone hand in hand with his passion for rockabilly and blues guitar riffs. He's reported to have sprinkled the latter liberally across the cuts on Enter the Night, from the bluesy burn of "Bandit Blues" to his Spaghetti Western soundtrack salute, "(Ghost) Riders in the Sky," and beyond.
3. The Travelogue Touch
In his advance comments about the tracks he's crafted for Enter the Night, Venezia reveals that the songs were inspired by his journeys across the globe, be it the heady atmosphere of New Orleans ("Not the Only One") or olive-tree-bedecked Umbria, Italy ("Stay Up Late"). Ultimately, it's a bit like having a tuneful travel agent at your disposal.
4. He Loves the Nightlife
A number of the tunes on Enter the Night are said to be informed, at least in part, by Venezia's penchant for late-night clubbing above and beyond the demands of his DJ schedule. But the tellingly titled track "No Sleep" in particular is singled out by the man himself as being "an ode to craft cocktail bars and late nightclub romps," especially his hometown spot Le Bain in The Standard Hotel, where a "a long-winded bender" brought about the inspiration for the song. Hell, not only do we want to listen to Luca, we want to hang with him.
5. Mixed-Bag Musicality
We've already mentioned Venezia's twin passions for raves and rockabilly, but once you start really digging into the details of the musical influences that come into play on Enter the Night, things really begin to get interesting. In talking about what we can expect from the album, he mentions Link Wray, Dr. John, Muddy Waters, Ennio Morricone, Bruce Springsteen and Duane Eddy, among others. Fitting all those inspirations into one album and keeping it crucially club-friendly and dashingly danceable is no simple task, but that's the Enter the Lime agenda nonetheless.