Luis Cran-Lawrence, otherwise known as Baba-X, specializes in house music with gothic touches built upon upbeat, melodic beats. Best known for his work with Zanzibar Chanel and Pink Notes, the 21-year old Melbourne native’s work is pervaded by 80s nostalgia and a sense of youthful abandon. With his latest solo EP, Sounds of the Concrete Forest Vol. 3, Baba-X aims for a deeper type of groove. “Crime Saga,” a relatively upbeat song that sounds like it came straight out of a Sega Genesis game, may be poppy from an auditory perspective, but when you’ve got Tristan Jalleh’s urban, Tetris-like visuals coming at you, the track suddenly feels unsettling, like a screensaver in the course of a revolt.
You can snag Sounds of the Concrete Forest Vol. 3 October 9, via This Thing.