New music from Lunice Fermin Pierre II – Montreal rap-producer – welcomes Denzel Curry alongside two more members of his crew ‘C9’: JK The Reaper & Nell. Pairing the innate and vivid experimentalism of both camps, Lunice and the 2016 XXL Freshman bring raw, hard hitting bars of political spiritualism standing up to oppressive relationships and institutions.
In the past Lunice has said in interviews that he loves the cinematic drama of huge southern rap records – their horns, swells and explosions. With CCCLX he sought to take it further working with musical directors and additional instruments to expand around his rattling minimal beats. While the record will reward anyone alone, on night drives and headphones — to see Lunice perform this record you’ll notice every drum hit feels deliberately placed for his movement and the interludes correspond with looks and choreography — a performance completely unique to anyone else in hip hop or dance music.
Known for his powerfully minimal production, on “Distrust” Lunice tears through an undulating arrangement that flows from triumphant DJ Mustard to suspenseful cinematic-score to dance production. Fellow LuckyMe member S-Type mixed and engineered the record, while the members of C9 pass the baton between them (the track runs from Denzel to JK The Reaper to Nell and back to Denzel). The track then opens up into an instrumental with punched-in Denzel one shots for a bomb-squad meets night-slugs finale. Lunice and C9 have met on the road numerous times over the past two years. This collaboration comes after a series of conversations about frienemies and Lunice’s vision for the forthcoming album CCCLX. Be warned, this one could cause riots when performed live by either of these two. A perfect collaboration.
World Tour Dates
July 1st – Crocodile – Seattle
August 12th – Appelsap Festival – The Netherlands
August 16th – Pukkelpop Festival – Belgium
August 23rd – Openair Festival – Switzerland
August 25th – Reading Festival – UK
August 26th – Leeds Festival – UK
(September 8th – LuckyMe)
CCCLX II (Intermission)
CCCLX III (Costume)
CCCLX IV (Black Out)