Maktub-head Satori makes a welcome return to Crosstown Rebels in January, teaming up with Lalai and Ariana Vafadari on Lalai. Inspired by the concept of letting go, the track acts as the latest precursor to his much-anticipated 2022 album.
Satori spoke on the formation of the piece, describing how: “The song is sung by Iranian opera singer Ariana Vafadari and recorded in a 400 year old water well. Initially she wrote the lyrics for her son, for when she takes him to bed, but eventually we gave it a broader meaning. It became more of a ‘goodbye’ song, that represents the ‘letting go’ of a person or the ‘letting go’ of day into night.
“The two extremes were my inspiration. On one side you have Ariana, the lullaby, which is very delicate and romantic. On the other hand you have the heavy electronic sounds of beats and synths. It was a big challenge to bring these worlds together but I am very happy with the result.”
An enchanting cut, Lalai showcases the transcendent sound with which Satori has become best known. It builds slowly, meandering through rustling hats and tribal-like drum patterns, whilst the dulcet tones of both vocalists shimmer softly throughout. Perfectly matched for spiritual dancefloor moments, it makes for the ideal sequel to his November single: Yellow Blue Bus.
From holding down an eighteen month residency at Heart, Ibiza to having nearly four-hundred-thousand listeners on Spotify each month, Satori is a truly worldwide artist in today’s electronic music scene. Having been championed by Damian Lazarus early on in his career, he has emerged as a must-see live act for fans from all corners of the globe. November marked the start of his USA tour, where his Maktub concept adorned some of the country’s most iconic clubbing institutions, whilst his discography speaks for itself, with a plethora of acclaimed releases on labels including Crosstown Rebels, Sol Selectas and DGTL Records to name a few.
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