I know I said the same thing last week, but I’ve also been really meaning to take a bit of time talking about Melbourne’s Lucianblomkamp, also known as Lucian Blomkamp. I’ve been following this guy for a while now (fun fact: I was the first person to interview Lucian ever, but you can’t find it anymore, because I stopped paying for hosting on my defunct blog) and his progression has been completely captivating. He’s the kind of artist that is constantly adapting to new sounds, new skills, new influences, new experiences – but never removing himself from his original vision. It’s safe to say that with today’s release of ‘Still No’, it’s both the furthest and closest he’s been from this vision. Teaming up with 1800-Dinosaur backed, Trim, Lucian has created a up-tempo, skittering production base for the UK rapper – who absolutely nails every line he drops. Powerful and punchy vocals are surrounded by footwork and industrial arrangements, which Trim just seems to spring off, bouncing all over the track. This is where the shift lies, Lucian has often preferred spacious and intricate production – but this, well, there’s just so much to absorb. And yet, there’s still this underlying darkness, almost like an aura, following all of his work. As much as this one will get you pumped, it’s impossible to escape the emotive nature of a Lucianblomkamp release.
Part 1 of Lucianblomkamp’s new LP, Sick of What I Don’t Understand, is out October 13 via Good Manners.