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  LAYTON

 

  

 

Web links
- www.layton.cc
- staticrevenger.com
- beatport.com


 

 

 


"I write pop songs." Paul Layton, lounges back in his retro white upholstered chair, sipping on a giant cup of tea as the wind whistles through a crack in the window of his hilltop home. "Timeless creative pop songs with good rhythm," he adds, and his sister Laura chimes in, "paired up with good danceable beats." Their new album, Grand Design, embraces the limitations the duo imposed upon themselves producing in their apartment studio, along with the overproduced 70s adult-contemporary influence (think Yellow or ABBA) that Paul loves.

Layton is their last name, and the name of their band, formed two years ago when big brother and little sister decided to focus after 8 years of on and off making music together. We got the chance to chat with the duo, just click below to watch and listen in!

Watch our Layton video interview

A little history... They didn't start out as best friends or child musical prodigies. Both were forced to take piano lessons as kids, but it was Laura who took it up again in High School, as well as formal vocal training (she even teaches piano now herself!). Paul took a handful of guitar lessons around the same time, but taught himself bass, drums and piano and "had a really cool high school band," says Laura. "Then one day he asked me to sing in it." Born one and half years apart, the two claim that Layton was the only real choice for a name for their band, "the only one we knew we wouldn't wake up a year later and be sick of it."

Paul is the mastermind, writing all the music and the majority of the lyrics, though Laura has written one song for their next album. But their creative process is integrated from start to finish, including their live performances. They recently completed a mini tour up north that encompassed four other musicians to play a true organic live show. "It's madness with that many people though," says Paul. "Especially when they are all your friends doing it for free!" For their upcoming shows, the duo is pairing down on the numbers, but upping the ante on the productions. Jokes Paul, "we're replacing them with robots and mannequins. There will be movies, art, fashion... completely stylized."

Up next for Layton? Their latest single, "Hope's All There Is (Sugar)" gets beaten into a delightful concoction in multiple flavors with three remixes by Static Revenger. All are available worldwide on D-Dub Records through Beatport.com right now.

-- words & video by Jennifer Warner

 

CD REVIEW

STATIC REVENGER PRESENTS LAYTON "HOPE IS ALL THERE IS" REMIXES (D-DUB)

Sugar is sweeter when it's flavored with a little SR... Static Revenger that is. On this batch of his remixes, SR lends his masterly touch to the retro 70s meets modern day band Layton. You couldn't dream up a better match, with SR's background in twisting classic rock songs and samples into massive hits - like when his "Sexy" loops the hook from the Kinks "All Day And All Of The Night, watch out for the dancefloor explosion! If you are looking for impeccable produced smooth electronic music, look elsewhere. If you get turned on by the raw energy of Felix da Housecat or a Fatboy Slim set, from distorted synths to barefoot imperfection, you'll be loving these remixes. The first on the CD singles is the Static Revenger Vocal Mix, which shares much with the second track, his Dub Mix. Both are lush and damn catchy with Laura Layton's vocals singing out "Sugar..." over and over till you'll be asking for another spoonful whether you want it or not. The third remix, Shugga Rockerz Mix, doesn't add anything that the first two or the original LP version (track four) don't already cover more palatably, and if you're downloading your copy from beatport, I'd save that $1.29 for another tasty D-Dub release or one of the other delicious "Hope Is All There Is" remixes.


 
 

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