Sound Of The Week: LSDXOXO

Photo by Mischa Notcutt & Jake Erland

LSDXOXO’s 7-track EP Delusions Of Grandeur is out now via his new label Fantasy Audio Group (F.A.G.) / Because Music alongside a new music video for ‘In Blood’. Philly-born, Berlin-based RJ Glasgow’s rise has been meteoric, from his breakthrough years in New York’s GHE20GOTH1K parties to landmark EPs on XL Recordings. The secret lies in his ability to straddle upfront pop hooks with deadly underground club nous, wrapped up in a big bow of devilishly sex-positive self-belief that communicates to everyone’s inner demon.

Remixing for bona fide legends Lady Gaga, Pink Pantheress, Shygirl, Rochelle Jordan, Tokischa and collaborating with VTSS, Eartheater and Tygapaw, Glasgow has also lent his extraordinary producer skills to Kelela for her recent Raven LP on Warp. Following his May residency on BBC Radio 1, June has seen LSDXOXO DJ as opening act for Beyonce’s Renaissance shows in Germany as well as the main stage of Primavera Sound (B2B VTSS). In October, he will return with a live show tour in London, Paris and Berlin.

On Delusions Of Grandeur (D.O.G.) EP, the first record on his new label Fantasy Audio Group or F.A.G. (licensed by Because Music), he is in no mood to hold back, lyrically or musically. The last single dropping with a new music video is ‘In Blood,’ a “high-octane celebration of black femininity,” Glasgow explains. “I sometimes like to toy with the balance of playfulness and severity in my approach of delivering takes on pressing matters – whether that be in regards to sexual expression, gender identity, or in this case, the long-standing effects of colonialism within western black culture.”

Written at the height of the George Floyd protests, for Glasgow ‘In Blood is “simply an expression of my opinion on white guilt and how little it means to my people. As serious as the topic may be, I had quite a time letting off some of the chaos and unrest I felt during this period.” The single also includes an iconic sample from one of his favorite bands, Linkin Park.

Delusions of Grandeur was created as a bridging of worlds for what people know my sound to be and what it will become over the span of my next few projects,” Glasgow continues about his latest release and the new label: “as the name suggests, Fantasy Audio Group (F.A.G.) is being established as a record label for queer artists by a queer artist. The goal in forming this label is to give platform and resources to the overlooked and often under-celebrated artists coming from backgrounds similar to my own. The music we champion is forward thinking, and our approach to working with musicians will be as well.”


Delusions of Grandeur is out now: