Fake (aka Lavurn Lee)’s self-titled nine-track release is out via Melbourne’s SUMAC, with an exclusive stream premiering on AQNB today. Dropped on the new label co-founded by Jon Watts, as well as Jarred Beeler (aka DJ Plead) and T.Morimoto of electronic duo Poison, the music follows an impulse into the murkier, creeper depths of RnB, hip hop and bass deconstructions.
Sharing similarities with the fetishistic sound textures of Lithuania’s J. G. Biberkopf and the alienated Auto-Tune of producers like Bladee, 18+ and Khalil, the Canadian artist conflates his own sense of displacement as an expat in Australia with the rise of the Toronto rap scene in sonic form. Fading melodies, and distant vocals surge through beats that limply, erratically struggle to find a consistent rhythm in a tactile soup of noise and instability.**