Exclusive Mix: Lakerama

Lakerama’s Graeme S (Hsuan Records) and Senita (Shookrah) are not artists unused to or shy of lending their talents to explore new soundscapes in their respective work. Since the release of their debut EP ‘One’ in 2015, the pair have received plaudits from several high profile, national online and press publications including Nialler9, The Irish Times, BBC Ulster, The Thin Air and have played support to Taylor McFerrin, SassyBlack and Princess Nokia. Lakerama’s recent follow up EP, ‘Contactless’, explores the dissonances of the ‘tapped in world’ we are shaped by, versus the vacancy and distance we create within as a byproduct of this with their newest body of work. To celebrate this latest release, Lakerama have created an exclusive mix for KALTBLUT which includes bangers from Migos, Beyoncé, Aj Tracey and many more!

South African Born and Irish raised, Senita has surfaced in the Irish R&B and electronic music scene with her band Shookrah collaborating with household Irish names such as Le Galaxie, Daithí and recently acclaimed Bantum. Graeme runs the quiet success story of Hsüan records. Producing woozy, intricate fast-paced beats, his work has featured across international publications :Complex, The Fader, Pitchfork, Dummy and received airplay on BBC R1, BBC Radio 6, Rinse FM, NTS amongst others.

The idea with this EP was to incorporate a palette of sounds and influences we wouldn’t normally indulge in, from the sprawling UK sounds of UK Funky and Grime to hyperactive trap. Contactless is meant to be intentionally darker and in many tracks the production is stripped right back. This gives Senita’s voice a vulnerability but there’s also a strong sense of self and a confidence that comes through. Given that the EP was written over 2016, it reflected the state of mind that many of us find ourselves in, we are not overly optimistic about the future but neither are we nihilistic, ultimately we feel we are at a crossroad and it’s not entirely clear if we have any control over our futures.

– Graeme

Contactless is out now