Lunice & The Alchemist Join Forces On Unexpected New EP 'Moving Parts'

Lunice Alchemist

What happens when you combine a legendary hip-hop producer with one of the most forward thinking beat makers in the industry? An unexpected, brilliant piece of art. Lunice, most popular for his solo work, along with his infamous TNGHT project with Hudson Mohawke, has joined forces The Alchemist, frequent collaborator with rappers like Joey Bada$$ and Action Bronson. The two dropped a surprise, eight-track EP today, Moving Parts, which is full of otherworldly beats. 

The two artists were set up by Dutch clothing brand Patta at the Red Bull studios to create beats for the BC One World Final, the top tier breakdancing competition in the world. The two weren’t on their own, however. “The musicians they gave us access to is ridiculous,” The Alchemist noted, “it would be unfair for us to sit here and say we’re running the show.” The Alchemist is most known for his incredible use of sampling, so his praise here speaks volumes. Add Lunice’s spacey, bass-heavy flair, and the result is a unique, new-school rendition of breakbeats.

The collaboration on Moving Parts is seamless. Neither of the two producers’ styles overtake one another at any point on the EP. At the same time, you can easily pick out who contributed what on each of the eight tracks. Whoever specifically had the idea of taking these two and sticking them together in the studio with a bunch of musicians deserves a medal. 

Who knows if Lunice and The Alchemist will come together again in the future, but for now, let’s be thankful that we’re able to feast upon this epic collaboration. Take a listen to the full Moving Parts project right here. We hope you dig it as much as we did. Enjoy!

Lunice & The Alchemist - Moving Parts

Stream & Download Lunice's 11-Track Debut Album 'CCCLX'

Lunice CCCLX Album

Between his numerous high-quality EP's over the years and his legendary work as TNGHT with Hudson Mohawke, Lunice has made quite the name for himself. 10 years after coming into the scene, the Montreal beatmaker is finally releasing his debut album, CCCLX (pronounced 360). 

The new 11-track album features vocals from some lesser-known artists like CJ Flemings and Denzel Curry, but Lunice's beats remain the focus. His heavily hip-hop influenced trap music is as clean as ever, the intricate beats begging to be heard through headphones. His unique style of syncopated beats with high synth notes in rapid succession remain immediately recognizable, but it's clear how much he has progressed as a producer. The concise 40-minute album never outstays its welcome and plays excellently from start to finish as a whole product.

Back in June, Lunice announced that he is working on HudMo on new TNGHT material, and we'll have this solo album on repeat until we hear what else the two have in store for us. Enjoy! 

Lunice - CCCLX | Purchase

Lunice Announces Debut Album ‘CCCLX’ And Shares New Track "Distrust" Ft. Denzel Curry, JK the Reaper & Nell

Lunice Denzel Curry

Yesterday (June 26), Lunice shared a cryptic video which we hoped was teasing a potential new TNGHT project. Today, Lunice announced (in an interview with NPR) that CCCLX (360) is in fact not a hint at new TNGHT, but is actually the title of his upcoming debut album, dropping September 8. With the announcement the Montreal-based producer has also shared a brand new track "Distrust" off of the upcoming project - a collaboration with Denzel Curry and C9 rappers: JK The Reaper & Nell.

While his previously released single “Mazerati” will also be included on the album, Lunice takes things in a bit of a different direction on this new one. The track starts off with an soft horn melody and a quick verse from Nell before JK comes in on top of some eerie vocal chops, completely switching up the vibe. As the song progresses, JK, Nell and Denzel lay down some back-to-back fast paced verses before the beat does a full backflip into an extended outro section filled with wonky electronic blips, skittering percussion and a booming kick drum. 

The production on this latest offering perfectly exemplifies the unexpected and hard-hitting sound Lunice is all about. Check out the full tracklist for his upcoming debut album here and listen to “Distrust” below. Enjoy!

Lunice - Distrust (Ft. Denzel Curry, JK The Reaper & Nell)

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