On August 19th Marius Lauber AKA Roosevelt releases his self-titled debut album via Greco-Roman and City Slang Records. Following the soundscapes of opening teaser ‘Colours,’ his cooly life-affirming new single “Fever” demonstrates his effortless ability to construct and blend slo-mo percussive grooves and gently undulating disco. “Fever” is a sun-kissed summer anthem, drenched in youthful charm and befitting of a beach club session on some far away Balearic island. His signature hazy sound is still present and correct – but this time it’s honed, crafted and less loop based. ‘Roosevelt’ showcases Lauber as a fully developed recording artist, with an instinctive synthesis of different soundscapes.
Influences span continents and decades – from a pinch of French electro pop, a smattering of LA yacht rock, the hypnotic repetition of German pioneers like Ash Ra Tempel/Manuel Göttsching, and Neu!, to classic floor-friendly 80s pop from Chic, Talk Talk, and New Order. Nu school figureheads like Floating Points, Todd Terje and Metro Area are also partially audible – all weaved into his own unique sonic tapestry.
Roosevelt’s growth was catalyzed by an early DJ residency at Kompakt’s Total Confusion party alongside Superpitcher & Michael Mayer, with the label also releasing an early remix of his for COMA. These experiences helped Lauber realize how dance music connects to its audience in a different way to what he’d experienced from earlier days spent performing in bands. “What I really enjoyed about DJing was that you could see the results immediately – there was feedback and interaction from the crowd”, he explains.
Following this nightclubbing baptism, his career as an electronic artist gathered momentum. With praise from a selection of tastemaker media, mixes for Boiler Room, Electronic Beats and i-D, support tours with Hot Chip and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs and a litany of high-profile festival slots around the world, Lauber steadily built up a dedicated following.
July 12: Calvi on the Rocks (DJ set)
July 15: Melt! Festival, Berlin, DE
July 17: Point Ephemere, Paris, FR
July 23: Musik I Lejet, DNK
July 28: Appletree Garden Festival, DE
July 29: Stuttgart Festival, DE
Aug 1: Obonjan Island, Croatia (DJ set)
Aug 19: Lowlands Festival, NL
Aug 31: Pop Kultur, Berlin, DE
Sept 8: Bestival, Isle Of Wight, UK (DJ set)
Sept 18: Golden Leaves, Darmstadt, DE