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New Track: “Brooklyn Sunburn” (Lushlife Remix) - Teen Daze

Lushlife just premiered a beautiful, blown out new remix of Teen Daze’s “Brooklyn Sunburn,” via The Fader. The original version appears on the British Columbia artist’s latest album All Of Us, Together. You can take a listen to the remix and download it for free below.


New Track: “She’s a Buddhist, I’m a Cubist” (Remix) [Feat. Angel Deradoorian, Cities Aviv, G-Side, KDz Kenny Dennis (Serengeti), Big Baby Gandhi and Deniro Farrar] - Lushlife

Lushlife recently dropped a sweet remix for “She’s a Buddhist, I’m a Cubist.” The original featured Cities Aviv, whom he just went on tour with. This latest version of the track (which you can listen to below) also contains contributions from Angel Deradoorian, G-Side, KDz Kenny Dennis (Serengeti), Big Baby Gandhi and Deniro Farrar. You can download it for a “Like” HERE.


TUESDAY TUNE-OUT w/Lushlife at PhilaMOCA June 5

Tonight will be the inaugural run of TUESDAY TUNE-OUT at PhilaMOCA. The multipurpose art space is inviting local music folks (bloggers, DJs, musicians, etc.) to curate a weekly night of music and movies each month. Local musicians will be chosen to perform, and they’ll also be introducing a previously unannounced film of their choice. The screening will be preceded by an explanation of why they chose the film and how it has inspired them. This evening will be presented by Rockaphilly.com, and features Deli fave Lushlife. I’m looking forward to seeing what cinematic piece Lush will be sharing and of course, a smokin’ set from the gifted South Philly emcee/producer. Come tune-out the rest of the world with us! PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St., 8pm - Show/9pm - Movie, $5, All Ages - Q.D. Tran


New Music Video: “Still I Hear the Word Progress” (Feat. Styles P) - Lushlife

Check out the new ridiculously murderous music video for Lushlife’s “Still I Hear the Word Progress” featuring Styles P, which premiered yesterday via Stereogum. It was directed by Willy Berliner. (BTW: Would anyone else like to see a Simpsons version of this video?) Enjoy!


The Deli Philly’s May Album of the Month: Plateau Vision - Lushlife

Lushlife, a.k.a. Raj Haldar, has been dropping mixtapes since 2005, when he released his debut entitled West Sounds, which was a mashup of The Beach Boy’s classic Pet Sounds and Kanye West’s College Dropout and Late Registration as well as his own verses. On his first label release Plateau Vision (Western Vinyl), Lush continues to develop his eclectic style, combining ‘60s psychedelic, experimental indie and golden era hip hop sounds to create the grandiose, maximalist soundscape beats that he rhymes over.

With his latest LP, Lush establishes himself as a unique artist who is able to take influences from various genres, sounds and eras of music to develop a completely original style that has one foot in classic hip hop and the other through the doorway of the future. This distinctive style is displayed immediately on the album’s opener “Magnolia.” The track combines a beautiful harp sample over a hard boom bap beat with lyrics that reference composer Burt Bacharach, the graffiti culture of Wild Style, Citizen Kane’s Xanadu and Afrika Bambaataa’s “Planet Rock” through his gritty Nas-esque vocal delivery. In “Hale-Bopp was the Bedouins,” which features Das Racists’ Heems, Haldar references his technique as “half-Delorean, half-rap historian.”

Plateau Vision boasts an impressive guest list of artists including Andrew Cedermark (Titus Andronicus), Styles P and Shad amongst others, but Lushlife always shines through as both an emcee and a producer. The first feature comes from Styles P (famous for his work with ‘90s hip hop crew LOX) on “Still Hear The Word Progress,” one of the LP’s standout tracks. Lushlife trades bars back and forth with the iconic emcee at a furious pace without losing a step over a dense synth and 8-bit beat. Towards the halfway point of the album, Lush shines brightly with fellow Philly emcee and former Atlanta native STS on “Glistening,” and he hands over the mic on “Gymnopedie 1.2” to critically acclaimed Canadian emcee Shad while crafting one of the most interesting beats on the Plateau Vision by sampling one of 20th century French composer/pianist Erik Satie’s “Gymnopedies,” which fades out under a clip from Busy Bee and Kool Moe Dee’s classic emcee battle, tying Haldar’s classical and jazz upbringing with his “fetish” for golden era hip hop culture.

Lushlife is definitely one of the most interesting artists in hip hop today. He continues to push the genre’s boundaries with his production while remaining true to its culture through his vocal delivery and preservation of its history throughout his lyrics. Plateau Vision is available for streaming HERE, and you can purchase the album via Western Vinyl. - Dan Brightcliffe


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