Last Step – Xyrem

08.05.12, Words by: Lauren Martin

Last Step is an alias of prolific Canadian producer Aaron Funk aka Venetian Snares, and his latest full length release ‘Sleep’ is out now on Planet Mu.

The project is a real departure from what fans have come to expect from Venetian Snares – it’s a dreamy journey through house and techno, with classic drum machines giving off a Drexciyan analogue warmth. It’s also something of a concept album, inspired by the transition between sleeping and waking.

In his own words, “Sleep are tunes I recorded while falling asleep. These tracks are really different for me, really mellow and dreamy, that nice comfortable feeling when you’re falling asleep. Feels pointless to describe it, that feeling, there really shouldn’t be words for that state, so I describe the process a little instead. For awhile, when I was really tired and ready to go to bed instead of going to sleep I would make a tune. Get some stuff going on my sequencers, drum machines, patch up my modular and just jam it. Would fall asleep alot listening to the sequences, few seconds of sleep or a few minutes, wake up in it. This is what I sound like in my sleep.”