Lucas van Scheppingen has never been one to shy away from the unexpected. Between his chart-worthy assets and a successive reign of genre-defining club anthems alongside the likes of Steve Angello, Sander Van Doorn and Lil Jon, his quirky approach to the genre has earned him merits across the globe.
But one year in the waiting, Laidback Luke joins the self-professed dirty talker turned pop/dance visionary Wynter Gordon, who not so long ago could be found writing songs for JLO and Mary J Blige, to make a sizeable dent in the realms of the Urban crossover. Still brandishing the same abrupt pitch-puzzled leads and robust sampling we associate with the Dutchman, a divine line from the leading lady Gordon marks an intrinsically well-orientated outing on the back of her popular release alongside Steve Aoki. From the outset of ‘Speak Up’s delicate melodic builds and its deeply euphoric synth charges, there is an element of the familiar that may not ring to every distinguished House aficionados tastes. But in an age where Simon Cowell desires to subject DJs to the reality TV treatment, this offering remains a positive nod to those still making formative marks on the industry.
Words by Dan Carter