Following the release of his acclaimed third studio album, Fase Luna, last year, LA Priest, aka Sam Eastgate, today announces his new EP, La Fusion – due out 3rd May via Domino.

Alongside the announcement today he releases “City Warm Heart”; laced with LA Priest’s trademark groove and mixed by French touch powerhouse Alan Braxe, the track is filled with a warm optimism for the future whilst possessing a nostalgic longing to return to the escapism of the jungle. “I wrote this song in the Costa Rican jungle as I pictured myself returning to tour the cities of the world again,” says Sam. “It’s sort of a mantra to face the outside world from somewhere like that.”

Directed by “Beginning” video collaborator Joseph Bird Jr, the video for “City Warm Heart” sees Sam set his stage in a beautiful evergreen and, at times, ethereal forest. “I thought it would be nice to show a bit of my recording set up and the way I record a song,” he explains. “This video is really exactly what I did while making this song recreated as well as I could so it’s more of an honest video than my usual sort of thing.”

Watch the video for “City Warm Heart” here.
Listen to “City Warm Heart” here.

LA Priest - City Warm La Fusion was written towards the tail-end of Eastgate’s time living in the Costa Rican jungle where he also wrote the bulk of his acclaimed 2023 album, Fase Luna, and recorded upon his return in his garden shed studio in Wales using his handmade drum machine, GENE. Where Fase Luna offered a raw and unfiltered ticket to another world, La Fusion was written at a time when Sam, although happy in the solace of seclusion, was simultaneously aware that his reconnection with wide-society was on the horizons.

“You cannot blend fusion with something else,” Sam reflects on his return. “Fusion itself is the blending of realities. These are ideas I couldn’t have recorded in the jungle. Maybe they are metropolis songs. I took ideas written outside looking inward and finished them inside thinking outward.

Variously known as Sam Dust, LA Priest and L.A. Priest, Eastgate has built a reputation as a subversive, unpredictable musician, consistently innovating over the course of his work with his now defunct breakout band Late Of The Pier, his cherished Soft Hair collaboration with Connan Mockasin as well as his solo work under LA Priest. As well as releasing his acclaimed album Fase Luna last year which was labelled by MOJO as “a loose, hazy treat”, he also completed a successful string of UK and EU dates plus supported BRIT award-winners Jungle, aka electronic producers J Lloyd and Tom McFarland, on their EU and US tour.

LA Priest will be taking the joyous sounds of La Fusion on a UK and European tour this May and June which includes a date at London’s Number 90 Live on 6th June. Tickets on sale now from here.

Live dates:

  • 30th April - Zeiss-Grossplanetarium, Berlin, DE
  • 1st May - Yard Club, Cologne, DE
  • 2nd May - Cactus Café, Brugge, BE
  • 4th May - Bogen F, Zurich, CH
  • 6th May - La Maroquinerie, Paris, FR
  • 7th May – Bitterzoet, Amsterdam, NL
  • 1st June - White Hotel, Manchester, UK
  • 2nd June - Future Yard, Birkenhead, UK
  • 3rd June – Stereo, Glasgow, UK
  • 5th June – Patterns, Brighton, UK
  • 6th June – Number 90 Live, London, UK
  • 7th June - Clwb Ifor Bach, Cardiff, UK
  • 8th June – Lost Horizon, Bristol, UK

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