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DJ Tennis and his Life & Death imprint have been an enduring theme in my construct of intentional and moving music for the past few years now. The vision he seems to put forth in both the aesthetic of the sound and presence of the label is something I deeply admire. My most fond memories of recent with regard to musical performances have been in the company of Life & Death artists. Tennis’s set at the Need You party in January 2012 remains one of the most magnificently salient memories I have, and when I heard he will be passing through LA this Sunday I was immediately elated. To top things off, I just received news he will be releasing a double EP mid-April.
“DJ Tennis will release a double EP in April called Local…Local will come out on DJ Tennis’s Life And Death imprint, and it’ll be the first double EP for the artist—real name Manfredi Romano—as well as the label. Described in a press release as a “musical diary,” its six original tracks see Romano, who’s taken on an increasingly busy gigging schedule over the past couple years, drawing inspiration from six different locales: Williamsburg, New York; Kreuzberg, Berlin (where his studio is located); Milan; South Beach, Miami; Hackney, London; and Palermo, Sicily. He’s provided his own vocals as well as bass and guitar work, and first track “Love Child” features an appearance from The Rapture’s Luke Jenner. A remix from US producer North Lake completes the package. It’ll be made available on double vinyl and as a digital release, with each version apparently “slightly different” from the other.”
01. Love Child featuring Luke Jenner
02. Floating Boy/Self Portrait
03. You Closed My Eyes
06. Ah Isobel
07. Anatomy (North Lake Remix)