Upcoming UK hip-hop trio Lazy Habits have just released their new album The Atrocity Exhibition, which you can stream below. It’s a really interesting album, beautifully produced and lyrically sound – well worth a listen, especially for those who want an introduction into the really stellar hip-hop coming out of the UK these days. With a mixture of influences in the instrumental layers, from industrial synths to bouncy ska beats, from hard-hitting verses to sultry sung melodies, it’s a diverse and seriously enjoyable listen.
We wanted to get to know them a little better, so we asked them to share three albums that changed their life and influenced the music they make today.
Outkast – Aquemini
This was my introduction into dirty south hip-hop. I had never heard anything like this before and instantly fell in love with the the way the beats were put together by organised noise, the structures and instruments selections.. Then on top of that you have these two very different MC’s that just worked.. I think Outkast are very much like the Radiohead of hip-hop. They push boundaries in directions people were not even looking.
One of the most amazing musicians their is regardless of genre. The kind of person that switches to a new instrument he’s never played before just to write from a new perspective. On this record one of the drum parts is made up of them beating up an old chest of draws that just about survived the take before falling apart. This album is cinematic and theatrical, a proper album that tells the story of a man falling apart.
Chance The Rapper, Acid Rap
I came across this album/mixtape by accident and instantly fell in love with it. It’s a modern classic for me already and Chance is a completely original rapper and song writer. The album unfolds like a journey into a new world of music. The instrumentation and production on the album feel like a breath of fresh air compared to some of the stuff coming out of the States right now. One of the best albums to come out in the last 5-10 years regardless of genre.