Lava La Rue has released their new EP, 'Hi-Fidelity'.
Rooted in the shared cultures of West London and the west coast of America, illustrating a slow-moving, laidback culture and shared sociological structures, the record demonstrates a creative transition which La Rue describes as "one last project" which "acts as the bridge between the Lava that debuted, the one everyone knows, and the person I’m becoming."
'Hi-Fidelity' was born in LA at the beginning of the pandemic, with the EP's title track being brewed up on a whim during a session with Foster the People's Isom Innis, offering a spaced-out, psychedelic cut.
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The EP ends with 'Motel', which has been released as a single simultaneous to the EP drop. It features a chugging bassline from longtime collaborator Saya Gray with a melody that illustrates the creative evolution of La Rue, accompanied by their soaring vocals.
On the intentions behind the 'Hi-Fidelity' record aside from their evolution, Lava notes it as one which they want to hear blasted “out the back of someone’s pickup truck going on a road trip with their mates, or a cheeky remixed version being played in a dingey gay dive bar".
For those wanting to see the EP live, the artist will be playing a London headline show at Heaven on September 20 where 'Hi-Fidelity' will be showcased alongside their back catalogue, having already graced Glastonbury earlier this year and previously the Royal Albert Hall.
Since releasing debut single 'Widdit' three years ago, Lava La Rue has released a plethora of music and become founding member of creative group NiNE8, where they've curated projects across the worlds of art, music and fashion - with a notable show at Men's Fashion Week and a TATE Modern "LATE" takeover.
Niamh Ingram is Mixmag's Weekend Editor, follow her on Twitter