Klaus Layer - Lost Track (LP)
Berlin’s boom-bap specialist returns with an all new album sure to rattle the global airwaves. Following up his experimental instrumental concept album, Society Collapse and his Abstractions EP with rapper K.A.A.N. (Aftermath Entertainment), Klaus Layer’s latest effort is his sixth album on Redef, but his first solo project to feature all vocals over his acclaimed productions.
Entitled Lost Track, Klaus assembled an international team of top notch MCs to grace his beats. Amazingly, the album features NJ Legends The Artifacts (Tame One & El Da Sensei), Hex One, Simple One and most prominently Blu (Blu & Exile) on no less than four of the albums nine tracks. Musically it wouldn’t be complete without scratches so long time collaborators Educut & Mr Nylson showed up to lace the producer previously known as Captain Crook with razor sharp cuts. Since his 2013 debut, Klaus has built a strong reputation and loyal fanbase by doing one thing over and over: releasing great records. Rumor has it that he already completed another album to succeed Lost Track later this year. Either way his passion for his craft ensures that his fans will always have something unique to listen to. Conceptually, his latest record is a bit of a hybrid as it contains a mix of previously released loosies alongside new joints that are just now being unveiled to the delight his core following.
The album title refers to the rarity of this particular material and a nod to the bespoke burner (Crook) which graces the album cover. Mastered by Klaus’s good friend Figub Brazlevič, a successful German producer in his own right, Lost Track will sonically appeal to beat fiends yearning for the raw samples and smacking drums as well as pure rap fans who wanna hear more than mumbling. It’s safe to say that the album doesn’t fall short of any of his previous work so make it a point to add this to your collection.