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Of all the meaningful lives lost in 2016, Eric Prydz was most closely touched by that of James Lillo — a fan with a kind heart and winning personality. He was also a victim of cancer, and though Prydz was moved to perform a special concert for his fan, Lillo tragically passed away before the show’s date.
Eric Prydz was devastated by the sudden loss, but he didn’t let the cause die. As Billboard mentions, he performed not one show, but two in Lillo’s honor, and donated all $60,000-plus proceeds to the Cancer Research Institute. Then, he released a beautiful new Pryda Recordings‘ song, “Lillo,” in the man’s honor.
“Lillo” is by no means a sad song. It’s upbeat and uplifting, it’s ’80s synths full of hope and resilience. Even as it reaches a soft refrain in the middle, as if to take a moment of reflection on the special life that was lost, the mood builds back slowly to show that this is not the end.
Pryda debuted the song in his latest Epic radio program. He also jacked into the speakers of a random electronics store and played the song for all to hear. Now every time you listen, a part of Lillo’s bright spirit is with us all. “Lillo” is out for official release Wednesday, Dec. 28, but you can listen to the track below or download it here.