I thought I’d mix it up a little today. Combining jazz and hip-hop, Lazy Habits brings a unique sound to the mix. “Starting Fires” is their latest video and will be released for sale at the end of July (check out their website for details of the release). Back to the music, piano keys usher “Starting Fires” in as the brass section brings a classic big band sound to the refrain until the hip-hop flow drops, vacillating between vocalists MC Lazy and Skin Horse in the verses. Lazy Habits describes their music as “beats, rhymes and brass of the highest caliber.”
The Sun, a British tabloid newspaper, said of a performance, it’s “the best house party your parents never wanted you to have.”
Lazy Habits, composed of eight band members and currently based in London, England, was born in the London borough of Hackney in 2005. Rocking stages at festivals throughout the United Kingdom, the band is set to preform outside the UK in various European countries this year, including Latvia, Croatia, and Taiwan. Previously, the band has toured with the likes of Mos Def, Bonobo, and Chali 2na of Jurassic 5 fame.
This morning the guys over at Radar Music Videos put me on to another of Lazy Habits’ videos called “Even Out,” which was directed by Phil Good. The video is so simplistic, yet clever. This song also puts the group’s big band, jazzy style of full display while adding catchy vocals, rewriting the story of Jack and Jill. When you’re finished replaying these videos over and over, make sure you skip over to their facebook fan page to show the group some love and to check out their tour schedule. For starters they’ll be performing at the Glastonbury Festival, which begins today in the UK.
Evolver One has been on the South African music scene since 2006, completed 19 national tours, performed over 500 shows and has just released their 3rd album. Their debut album, Get Up, which was released in 2006, had numerous hits, along with their 2008 album, Whats The Story. In 2010 the band created a new sound, working with acclaimed producer Nathan Winkler and changed their name from Evolver to Evolver One. This self-titled album has already received great press, with their song Criminal reaching number 1 on 94.5kfm Highveld’s Homebrew in September 2010. Check out the video of the in studio version of Criminal.
By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC
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