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Hakeem Lapointe
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Hakeem Lapointe "Million Dollar Cowboy" is a perfect summation of the entire EP: It establishes the vocal motif for the release, proposes the emotional leitmotif, has mastery over the use of samples (like how the reverb-y keys do not echo without precision, there's sharp cuts of silence in it that reinforce the effectiveness of it; also the sprinkling of quasi-unique samples throughout the whole track), and offers a constant evolutive experience stacked on top of a solid base that follows without ever boring. Favorite track: Million Dollar Cowboy.
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Skototrope 03:32
Moan Jiro 02:20
Labraid Lorc 04:17


LUGH announces debut EP ‘Hélico’ to be released via label and platform C.A.N.V.A.S. on summer solstice, 21st June 2018.

The Berlin-based artist makes use of digitally disembodied vocal sounds and textures as a compositional tool for creating new environments on Hélico, in attempt to draw his listener into an affected and emotive state. However, LUGH strives to leave the listener short of creating a true connection to the source of the sound. The outcome is a very real and tangible experience that is somehow lost in an uncanny virtual space.

The opening track, ‘Million Dollar Cowboy’ revs up this specific depiction to its utmost resulting in an eerie and evocative space formed by the overlap of what is recognizably human, tangible and familiar with the aseptic sterility of the digital. This is followed by the rupturing of ‘Teeth in My Hands’ clearing the air for a new environment to be created, by the third track, ‘Skototrope’.

‘Skototrope’ is about the self-realisation and acknowledgement of a certain attraction to somehow somber and negative realities. The track portrays the delicate tension between feelings of disappointment and defeat and the tender affection for those negative aspects, which one continues to cherish and explore.

Introducing LUGH’s disembodied and distorted voice on ‘Moan Jiro’, the track disrupts his reflective state with a raw burst of energy and the only conventional rhythmic moment on ‘Hélico’. The same distorted voice navigates a somehow cosmic space on ‘No Tassels’. Closing track, ‘Tropics’, creates a narrative “like a micro-opera for the themes and characters encountered along the release”.

After having previously existed as a showcase where LUGH had performed and collaborated with other London based artists, C.A.N.V.A.S has morphed into a platform for the coexistence of a geographically increasingly disparate group of artists, manifested through events held in London, Berlin and Ireland.


released June 21, 2018

Mastering by Ali Najafi, Artwork photography by Shek Po Kwan



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