Lotus “Monks” NOW AVAILABLE (Name Your Own Price)

Lotus – Monks – Featuring Gift of Gab, Mr. Lif, Lyrics Born and more!

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One of the defining and most popular acts in live electronic music, Lotus has never fit neatly in a simple categorization. The 5-piece continues to push boundaries with the September 10th release of Monks, a hip-hop album featuring Lyrics Born, Gift of Gab (Blackalicious), Mr. Lif, Doodlebug (Digable Planets) and more. Using the band’s own studio work as a sample source, the music will have a familiar feel to Lotus fans but recontextualized as classic hip-hop. Monks will be available digitally (Name Your Own Price)iTunes, and on vinyl.

“The project started with a couple tracks we recorded with Mr. Lif,” explains Luke Miller. “From there, we just kept expanding to eventually include 11 different MCs and singers. Lotus is predominantly an instrumental band, so it was a lot of fun to create these collaborations.”

Instrumental interlude tracks push into more experimental to create cinematic vignettes. Jesse Miller states, “For the interludes, we went toward funk and jazz influenced beat music. Off-time drum beats, analog synthesizers, tape echo machines and even a baritone guitar were used to record these short evocative set pieces.” 

“It’s Tribe meets Digable Planets with a tight facelift, however, this track’s brand of Botox is for the soul.” – Sarah Polonsky, VIBE

Enjoy this stream of “Cannon in the Heavens” featuring Lyrics Born, the first single off Monks. The track is currently premiering on VIBE, and also available for FREE as part of the SCI Fidelity Records 2012 Sampler Album.