Throughout his relatively short career, London-based DJ/producer/singer-songwriter SG Lewis has shown a knack for crafting infectious tunes that compel us to the dance floor. Now, as we inch towards the one-year anniversary of quarantine/lockdown/social-distancing, the talented music-maker provides a soundtrack for escapism with his full-length debut times.
Having already dropped several EPs, along with lending his skills to some of today’s hottest artists, it may come as a surprise that Lewis is only just now releasing a full-length project. What’s not surprising, however, is how awesome and enjoyable it is. SG has found the perfect musical equation for a stay-at-home night on the town. Fifty percent exciting vocals plus fifty percent slick production (melding disco, house, hip hop, dance, funk and pop) equals one hundred percent vibes from dusk til dawn (pun intended).
Lewis’ attempt to recreate the club atmosphere is quite intentional. He explains the album concept saying, “times is an ode to the present moment. 2020 has shown us that the experiences we took for granted in the past, are never promised tomorrow, and that the opportunity to dance together may not always be there again. After reading about 70’s New York and the birth of Disco, I became infatuated with the euphoria and escapism that the music from that period created, and the safe spaces the clubs at the time provided for people to express themselves. I aimed to create a world musically that captured those same feelings, and to imagine the music that would be playing in those rooms if they were to exist today.”
To help bring this vision to life, the artist called on some incredible friends. “Time” sets the tone for the album with Rhye‘s feathery falsetto floating above a fun, pulsating instrumental. Previous singles “Feed The Fire” with Lucky Daye (who’s been having a hot streak of his own); “One More” featuring an elevating bass line by Nile Rodgers; and the killer combo of Channel Tres and Robyn on “Impact” are undisputed faves. But times has other collaborative highlights as well, including “Heartbreak On The Dancefloor” (featuring wavy vocals by Frances) and the brooding groove “All We Have,” featuring Australian duo Lastlings. The album also features nostalgic musings by NYC club legend and sound engineer Alex Rosner.
While the guest artists are a crucial element of times, make no mistake, the weight of this project rests on SG’s shoulders. And he carries it well. Preview the album below then head to your favorite DSP to add it to your collection. If you’re looking for a proper way to jump start your weekend, it’s not too late to grab tickets for times: The Live Experience. The event, which takes place at various times around the world tonight (Friday, February 19th), will allow fans to hear the album live while partying together from the comfort of their living rooms.