A massively acclaimed producer, with chart-topping releases under his belt such as “Boneless” with Steve Aoki and “Turn Off The Lights” with Alexis Roberts, Chris Lake is without a doubt one of dance music’s brightest stars. Marking his third release this year, the British-born and L.A. based artist is now back with Black Book ID’s Chapter 1, the first in a series of mixtapes from Black Book Records, Chris Lake’s very own record label. Chris Lake founded Black Book Records in 2016, initially intended as a means for him to release his own music independently. Fast forward to 2021 however, and the label is consistently enjoying support from Radio 1 DJs Annie Mac, Danny Howard and Pete Tong, while breaking the finest new talents in electronic music.
Black Book ID’s Chapter 1 will be the first in a series of exciting mixtapes, aiming to showcase new sounds, as well as provide fans with new music from some of their old favourites. As Chris Lake explains: “With Black Book ID’s, we’re aiming to give fans a sense of discovery, with exclusive, previously unreleased recordings from artists they love and songs from new artists that we’re excited about.”
“Beat Freak“ kicks off the mixtape, a dancefloor-oriented track in collaboration with buzzing artists Riva Starr and lau.ra. A steamy house anthem, “Beat Freak“ is filled with intoxicating basslines and quirky effects that add a lot of spice to the arrangement, while lau.ra’s immersive vocals help drive the beat forward and establish its dark vibe. Emerging talents Dubesque and Fourword enchant listeners with “Trippin’” and “Snake Charmer” respectively, two tasteful house gems that are followed by NightFunk’s remix of “Like I Don’t Exist,” a recently released single from Nicky Night Time, aka Nick Routledge.
“Riva Starr hit me up on WhatsApp as he had an idea he wanted to share with me for a track,” reveals Chris Lake about the creation of “Beat Freak”. “We’ve known each other for many years, but it felt like the right time to do something together and ‘Beat Freak’ is the result.”