Over the past three years, Pat Lok has been dropping singles at a steady pace, gaining an enviable following on Soundcloud and Beatport. Signing with French electronic label Kitsuné, the Vancouver native has now compiled his three latest singles alongside ten additional new tracks for Hold On Let Go.
Although Lok has made a name for himself producing club-friendly dance pop, it's refreshing to see that he's doing it without resorting to recycling the same R&B-heavy brand of EDM that's been making the rounds as of late. Instead, Lok has opts to draw from '80s Hi-NRG and '70s disco to build his impossibly catchy songs. Using a ton of reverb and echo, along with chorded piano and programmed beats, tracks like the phenomenal "Crystal Ball" (featuring Montreal vocalist Claire Ridgely), "Stay Together" and "Tru Power" (featuring Vancouver's Claire Mortifee) could be seen as total throwbacks, but Lok seems intent on blending in new sounds, too; he messes with pitch and time on the instant-classic "Oh No (Oh No)" (feat. mar|co) and "Trapped in You (Reprise) while using a large spectrum of voices, including L.A.'s Oktavian and British X-Factor contestant Kye Sones.
In three short years, Pat Lok has created an entire world of sound, complete with personalities, a full backstory and a timeless narrative. (Kitsune)