LAL's music is the outcome of a deep and soulful collaboration between vocalist Rosina Kazi and Nick Murray (aka Murr). Carefully crafted beats, bass and samples bubble underneath an ethereal and melancholic voice positioning questions about social injustice, environmental poisoning, and rallying people together to fight the good fight. LAL's body of work, both musically and in the community, affirms their role as such an artist and their ability to succeed in their quest to challenge the world around us.
It took Rosina a year to convince the reluctant Murr to start making music with her. Caught up in the hop hop scene for a long time, Murr eventually began to drift away from what he came to see as a rigid and decadent genre, and began to create new sounds and rhythms that would later appear in LAL's music. LAL's 2002 debut album Corners struck a chord with Toronto's urban / electronic community, capturing the imagination with their unique fusion of subtle South-Asian and West Indian sounds with soulful hip hop, dub loops, crunchy beats, jazz sensibilities and thick basslines.
On their second full-length Warm Belly High Power released in 2004, Rosina and Murr included live musicians to complement their studio-based compositions, which gave birth to a new collective vision for LAL. Its soulful and melancholic melange of dub, downtempo, hip hop, broken soul, and electro referenced early Massive Attack and 3 Generations Walking, but did its own thing completely. Nothing quite prepared audiences for their deeper blend of serious headnod beats and incisive political commentary, but it made several year-end "best of" lists in Canada, and was termed "Best Soul Album 2004" by Exclaim, Canada's premiere music magazine.
Now currently at work on their third studio album entitled Deportation, this project will exhibit another artistic leap for LAL. Perhaps their most explicit engagement between their political work and musical development, Deportation will feature a multimedia immersive performance with collaborative work from Toronto and Montreal -based film and video artists. Exercising what Rosina terms "interference art" - using artistic means to position the audience to directly engage with political ideas and grapple with social injustices within the space of performance - LAL will continue to blur the lines between activism and artistry and reach an even wider audience.
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