Gian Varela returns to Laidback Luke’s Mixmash Records, joining forces with producer Damon Sharpe and singer/songwriter Matluck for “Faces,” a soulful, progressive house track that showcases each of the artists’ unique style and talent.
Varela’s Panama roots and US upbringing lend some Latin, urban and pop inspiration to his music, which is subtly weaved into the cinematic melodies and deep, groovy basslines of “Faces,” while Sharpe’s sophisticated production skills give the record that perfect polish.
Matluck’s stirring vocals add an emotive complexity, making this gem one that is equally at home on the radio or in the club. 2023 is looking like an amazing year for Gian, who has massive upcoming releases and more collaborations in the works.
“‘Faces,’ is one of the deepest records I’ve ever made. It’s a metaphor for how artists and people nowadays can get caught up in being people they’re not without even realizing it. But there’s a beauty and a solemn feeling of catching this moment where you evolve, and this is what ‘Faces’ for us is! Then instrumentally speaking, Damon & I merged our styles together with that LA/USA feeling and certain Brazilian bass/Latin percussions to make a unique groove to the instrumental side of the track.” – Gian Varela