Lushlife’s New EP Makes NPR ALL Songs Considered, Top Albums Of The Week

Lushlife shares the Redamancy EP, out now on Fortune Tellers. NPR included the album as part of their New Music Friday, dubbing it one of the the top 6 albums out today.

On Redamancy, Raj Haldar, the man behind Lushlife says: “The Redamancy EP is as pure an exercise of creative experimentation as any Lushlife record has been. It’s a rap album where the emcee only appears impressionistically and is more focused on my production and arrangements. It explodes further the ‘pop modernist’ ethos that’s been a staple of my sound, this time taking familiar contemporary pop motifs and bringing them together with avant garde and free jazz ideas in the forefront, thanks to the contribution across the record from members of Irreversible Entanglements. It’s been an opportunity to work in different ways with new artists and familiar collaborators, but certainly in new contexts. My homie, Botany pulls up as he has on almost all of the Lushlife projects, but this time with a four-on-the-floor house cut featuring vocals from HPrizm of Anti-Pop Consortium and Scottish-Indian artist, Kapil Seshasayee. Getting to work with Felicia Douglass of Dirty Projectors once again allowed me to bring her songwriting and dulcet vocals right into the focus of the first single, ‘Hessdalen Lights,’ and what else can I say about having some of my day-one rap heroes on this in Dalek. Gets my hyped just to think about it. Lately my career has taken a lot of surprising turns – as a children’s book author, developing film & TV projects and more. It’s been an incredible journey, but still when I look in the mirror, my self-perception is as a musician. It’s the thing I have always been, and always wanted to be since I can remember. Despite focusing mainly on other creative endeavors for the last few years, seeing folks reach out asking about new Lushlife stuff is super poignant – especially ten years deep in a notoriously fickle industry. So when it came to making this new EP, I really thought of it as a thank you letter to all the listeners that have enjoyed my music over the years. To that end, the title ‘Redamancy’ is the only English word for love that specifies reciprocity.”

Raj Haldar (rapper-producer Lushlife) has had a strange and storied career on the edges of hip-hop and indie music over the last decade. Starting with Cassette City in 2009, he released three critically-acclaimed albums, most recently Ritualize in 2016 on Western Vinyl which featured collaborations with Killer Mike and Ariel Pink amongst many others. Following a Trump-era mixtape, My Idols are Dead and my Enemies are in Power and a criminally-overlooked collaborative album with the producer, Botany under the name The Skull Eclipses in 2018, Raj spent the last few years publishing a #1 New York Times bestselling children’s book P Is For Pterodactyl, which spent 26 weeks on the Times’ bestseller list, and the sequel out this month, No Reading Allowed. This led to a TV development deal for his kids’ book projects, as well as a “social horror” TV series set in India entitled, Cult of the Aghori. All that is to say, he got a little sidetracked on the music front… until now.

Redamancy, the new EP from Lushlife recasts classic east coast hip-hop in the context of an astral jazz synth odyssey. The recording features a collaboration with members of the Irreversible Entanglements quartet, who bring moments of sheer free jazz chaos across the recording’s six sprawling tracks. Lushlife doubles down as a producer here, creating a universe where gorgeous synth arpeggios and Bomb Squad squeals fit hand-in-hand. With contributions from Dirty Projectors’ vocalist, Felicia Douglass , HPrizm (FKA High Priest of Anti-Pop Consortium), noise-rap god heads, Dälek and more – Lushlife’s Redamancy EP bristles with the energy of an artist willfully deconstructing his sound into something new.

Redamancy is one of the first releases from Fortune Tellers, the new label created by Peter Matthew Bauer of the Walkmen.