"Set the standard; then raise the bar. Or in New York City’s Luca Venezia’s case – totally destroy that bar on a global scale. The 25-year-old known as Drop The Lime (and Curses!) is the iconoclastic club fiend of the 21st Century. Producer, remixer and DJ, he started out at 17 and has since dropped approx 150 underground classics, each year breaking boundaries of the musical zeitgeist – relentlessly developing concepts and sounds that leaves his many imitators wiping away tears with a white flag. Lauded by critics (XLR8R/Dazed & Confused), premier blogs (Discobelle, Trash Menagerie, Fluo Kids), peers (UK production God Switch named Luca in his top artists of 2007) and the world’s cutting edge record labels (releases on Mad Decent, Counterfeet, Shockout, Ambush, Institubes and Fools Gold), he is the undisputed, celebrated NYC Bass Heavy Champion. Drop The Lime’s acclaimed solo albums – 2005’s “This Means Forever” and 2007’s “We Never Sleep” on Tigerbeat6 saw him murdering bass and bytes – an evolved style, re-appropriating breakcore, bassline house, rave, jungle and dubstep..."
SF Station Review: "Drop the Lime - We Never Sleep":
"New York-born, California-resident Luca Venezia (aka. Drop the Lime) brings another all out mash up of genres, beats and innovative techniques to the table with his third release on Oakland-based label Tigerbeat6.
The opening track “Wake Up Call” smacks of a happy marriage of electro funky hardhouse and UK grime -- the underlying sound throughout the album -- with a poppy lyrical melody for added personality. These light vocals take nothing from the grittier style that emerges in following tracks, getting harsher, rawer and in places delightfully bizarre.
Reminiscent of Soft Cell (of all bands) “Full Moon Rising” breaks into a chorus that sounds like a parade of psychotic monks chanting their evening mass to chaotic disco beats and a steel drum. “Triceratops” shows a hint of garage in with the Underworld inspired techno stylings, later bringing in electro flecks the effect of which is like C3PO and Johnny Five dropping acid and trying to explain the mysteries of the universe in electro-verbal binary.
Unfortunately the almighty Venezia has saved the anti-climactic for last (as on his first album This Means Forever) as the sleazy soulful girl/boy vocals of “Turn Out the Light” refuse to drop into a big fat techno beat. The final track also fails to resurge into previous beat-splitting sonic-layering mayhem leaving the end of the album a little flat but by no means darkening the effect of the album. You just have to save those last two songs for the end of the night when you’re done dancing your socks off to the first nine tracks of transcendent techno joy."