You’d think that after releasing one of the albums of the year, several massive singles, various collaborations and keeping a hefty DJ schedule, Andrew Bayer would be looking to take a little time off. It seems, however, that churning out new productions is something he can’t take time off from–maybe it’s an addiction, but it’s certainly one that needs encouraging if his latest release is anything to go by.
Once Lydian is pure Bayer, a style which you could almost class as a genre of its own. There’s some very dry, dark, and dirty bass and techy synth motifs during the intro, but the drop is atmospheric, moody, and quickly becomes a massive piece of typical Bayer magic. In that respect, Once Lydian has a lot in common with the club mixes from If It Were You, in that it quickly drops into a club friendly trance track–a prog trance-esque groove combined with the beautiful essence of the break. It makes you wonder what an “album” version of this track would sound like, but as the electro-style bass returns for the outro, you realize Andrew Bayer’s talent certainly isn’t wasted when it comes to making club tracks.