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Energy​/​Thought I Wanted To

by Anna Luisa, Adee Roberson, and Julius Smack

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Vibrations. Practical Records is pleased to present a collaborative split single by Los Angeles artists Anna Luisa, Adee Roberson, and Julius Smack in conjunction with the premiere of Anna Luisa’s opera Vibration Group. Both an homage to house classics of the ‘80s and a record of Los Angeles communitarianism and friendship, “Energy/Thought I Wanted To” heals the dancefloor through regenerative rhythms, birdsong, and live percussion.

“Energy” evokes nostalgia for the sensitive and subversive dancefloor anthems by Frankie Knuckles and Jamie Principle. Paired with a Laraaji vocal passage, “Energy” modulates between the cool and the hot, wildness and stillness. Performed by dancer Barry Brannum and artist Sarah Gail, wild vocalizations meet diva-like singing, building energy and dispersing it generously, climaxing and then gently floating away.

“Thought I Wanted To” is taken from a forthcoming EP by Adee Roberson & Julius Smack, combining Smack’s signature electronic folk instrumentation with live percussion elements and Roberson’s terse, yearning lyricism. “Thought I wanted to be alone, then you came home,” Roberson sings over syncopated drum samples, landing with romantic ambiguity, suggesting both comfort and rejection.

“Energy/Thought I Wanted To” also functions as an artifact commemorating Los Angeles as a site of inspiration. These artists navigate their discrete yet intertwined practices as painters, dancers, musicians, and even roommates discovering inspiration in their shared sense of place, where spaciousness lends a feeling of distance, and the distance lends a feeling of longing. That longing yearns for one another, and also another time, evident in the nostalgic intimacy.


released November 18, 2019

Mastered by Salt Mastering. Designed by Practical Records featuring artwork by Kristian Henson. "Energy" is produced by Anna Luisa and Julius Smack and mixed by Julius Smack, featuring vocals by Barry Brannum and Sarah Gail. "Thought I Wanted To" is produced and mixed by Julius Smack and written and performed by Adee Roberson.




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Since 2014, we have released an extensive catalog of music and zines. In addition, we produce concerts and DIY workshops that provide opportunities to interact with Practical Records artists.
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