Photo credit: Jennifer Dunaj
Canadian upstart Lunice is far from a shrinking violet.
Whether he’s kicking up a storm behind the decks, japing about with Azealia Banks or (as this scribe has seen more than once) dancing like a loon at the front of a LuckyMe night, Lunice knows how to turn heads. Considering how busy he is at the moment, he’s going to be getting more attention than ever in 2012.
There’s a new EP on the way on LuckyMe, titled 360, plus fresh material due on Mad Decent. He’s also working with Hudson Mohawke as TNGHT; an album is expected in summer. Moreover, he has his Lunice & Friends night coming up on May 2, featuring a host of unannounced special guests. FACT have an exclusive download of recent track ‘The Good Kids’.
The eagle-eared among you will recognise the track from that wonderful video of Waka Flocka Flame getting grilled in a tattoo parlour. ‘The Good Kids’ plays prim pizzacato strings off against a rattling trap-rap drum track. The rattlesnake hi-hats halt, stumble, rush – it’s wonderfully off-kilter stuff. There are also at least four vertiginous stop-start moments where the instrumental cuts out all together, only to kick back in with renewed vigour. If anything, ‘The Good Kids’ serves as a reminder that Lunice knows how to go straight for the pleasure nodes; there’s nothing goody-two-shoes about this boy.
FACT have one Q-jump ticket to give away to May 2 event. To nab it, send an email over to email@example.com, with ‘Lunice’ and your name in the subject line. Head to the LuckyMe website for more details.