UPDATE: Yet another star encrusted joint has fallen from the side of L’Orange & Mr. Lif’s spacecraft. “A Palace In The Sky” features Lif spinning a karmic tale over the ghostly choruses and steady drums of L’Orange’s production. This nocturnal head-knocker should hold us over until the project drops for free on October 7 via Adult Swim’s Williams Street Records.
It’s often hard to classify what “swing” is, but producer L’Orange’s music has it in excess. The North Carolina producer continuously cranks out sample-based hip-hop with hazy noir swing and soul, including last year’s stellar Kool Keith collaboration Time? Astonishing! After a relatively quiet 2016, L’Orange is heading back to the future once again, this time with Boston legend Mr. Lif in tow for The Life & Death Of Scenery.
The first single “Strange Technology” – debuted today via Stereogum – is chock full of chemistry. Lif’s multi-syllabic rhymes feel right at home over L’Orange’s lurching beat, while Lif and fellow Perceptionist Akrobatik go wild with the wordplay. Gonjasufi’s vocals add a continuing air of mystery to the song that the concept of “lighthearted dystopia” is sure to explore later.
L’Orange and Lif’s paths first crossed a few years ago. “I was in Costa Rica on tour with Thievery Corporation when L’Orange hit me up saying ‘I’m making this record with Kool Keith [Time? Astonishing!] and I want you to be on it,’” he told us in an exclusive interview. “I recorded my verse right there in the hotel room.” This will be Lif’s second album of 2015, following his MMG debut Don’t Look Down.
The Life & Death Of Scenery is set to debut digitally via the good folks at Adult Swim on October 7 before Mello Music Group drops an extended physical version a week later on October 14.