- 02 Feb 22
LUGE’s debut single, ‘The Winter Games’, was released on Cracked Skull Records on January 15th.
Emerging Dublin act LUGE (Dubliner Dan Coyne) has teamed up with Kyle Stuart to create a vintage video for new single 'The Winter Games', inspired by the 1984 Sarajevo Winter Olympics.
Having joined Cracked Skull Records, LUGE is now a contemporary of fellow artist and labelmate Rob de Boer, who he plays alongside in Papa Romeo (featuring Paddy Rogers, Chris Wong and Mark Rogers). They're a prolific bunch, we'll give them that. You can also catch Coyne playing sax for acclaimed 8-piece outfit Cooks But We're Chefs, combining genres of funk, soul, jazz, hip-hop and more for a raw sound. LUGE marks a new direction for Dan, exploring synths in all their glory.
Created in the form of a collage that matches the song's timeline, LUGE was drawn to conceptual themes for the single. 'The Winter Games' is an imagined soundtrack of a winter sports competition held in an icy dystopian future, with the first half of the track conveying the opening ceremony. Dan Coyne makes use of swirling arpeggios and a fanfare of synths set the scene as energy levels begin to heat up towards boiling point. A feeling of jubilant celebration and anticipated excitement is injected into LUGE's beats.
In the second half, the thrill of the competition is brought to life within LUGE's soundscapes and visual art. Euphoric, conversational lead sounds, driving bass-lines and intense percussion all combine to illustrate a clash between two heroes. The nostalgic elements and 80s-inspired aesthetics match the feel of Coyne's music effortlessly, marking a unique debut from a rising talent on the Dublin scene.
The Games brought together 1272 athletes from 49 countries, with the video clips paralleling LUGE's electronic ambience with ski jumps and bobsleighs. It definitely has a way of transporting you back to another era.
Check out the visuals for 'The Winter Games' below: