Air

by LMNZ

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Road Life 03:15
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Guide 03:25
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Oxygen 03:25
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LMNZ is back – and was never gone. After being engaged in other artists’ projects, over 700 workshops in political education and countless live shows around the world, it is time for the Berlin artist to drop his new solo project.
Of course, in the tradition of his debut ‘Worldwide Rap’, it is a mammoth vision:
The ‘Elements Series’ consists of the four EPs ‘Air’, ‘Water’, ‘Fire’ and ‘Earth’.
Four EPs, four (HipHop) elements, an artist name with four letters and four seasons in each of which a record will be released. Every album is dedicated to its element.

In the ‘Elements’ series LMNZ retains all the artistic threads in his own hands: in addition to the lyrics and vocals, he is responsible for the sound and video works as well as the arrangement of the songs. For the first time in his artistic career, the musical all-rounder wanted to be inspired mainly by beats and riddims of other producers. The instrumentals on the first release of the series, the EP ‘Air’, are produced in equal parts by Eh Behaart A. Gauland and Kronstädta. The main character played instruments himself to a degree or composed his own passages to the songs. For the first time LMNZ raps a complete release cycle in English – only a logical step in the creative work of ‘Mr. International’.

The EP begins with a sound-wise airy, yet epic anthem about the human mind, creativity and the power of ideas: ‘My good mind – I love it and I’m thankful for this gift, I’m ‘a use it to uplift all your good minds my people, let’s use it to create, c’mon let’s make a change!’. With the invitation of three of the most creative minds from around the globe, LMNZ matches the content of his song by choosing Masta Ace, Flo Mega and DJ Robert Smith as his musical companions.

On ‘Road Life’ LMNZ takes the audience on a journey across several continents: He describes the fast life on tour between transience, unbelievably beautiful moments, little sleep and privacy in the tour bus. The song tells moving stories: about the confrontation with armed conflicts between ethnic groups, which throws their own tour plans over the pile, and encounters with the tricks of organized street hustlers. In the meantime trap, dubstep and metal elements whip the listener with hefty sounds.

‘Guide’ is dressed in mysterious, introspective but performative garments: ‘This is no concept just me and a mic, the crowd in the front, the beat and the lights, let the inspiration guide me through the fields with no signs, I’m out here, seeking to find’. The reference to the EP title ‘Air’ can be found here in the expression of artistic freedom and intuition – a feeling that is also reflected in LMNZ’s musical performance.

The temporal and spatial freedom that an individual needs in order to realize their goals – that’s what the song ‘Oxygen’ is all about. With many clever puns and sharp social analysis, LMNZ shows more of his musical versatility and gives insights into his everyday life.

The storyteller song ‘Blue Screen Routine’, has LMNZ and Dynasty describing the effects of financial pressure on people and how it can tear down human relationships . The gritty musical background, which is determined by Indian instruments, electric guitars and violins, amplifies the effect of the poignant text: The throat feels constricted, you lack the air to breathe.

The album concludes with ‘Falling’, on which LMNZ shares the microphone with Yugen Blakrok, known through Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ soundtrack where LMNZ recorded her. The song deals with the feeling of eternal falling in areas marked by genocide, hatred, racism, rape and death. What do such events do to people? After such offenses, how can one live again with their neighbors who may be responsible for these atrocities? The answer: almost superhuman remorse and remission. The atmosphere of the track fluctuates between very threatening sounds, thoughtful jazz and an almost surreal positivity. ‘Falling’ not only marks the completion of the first EP of the ‘Elements-Series’, the song is also a prime example of the rappers’ claim to content: instead of the typical self-portrayal phrases, common in lots of rap songs, LMNZ prefers to address global challenges and reflect on how humanity should face them – namely together.

‘Three years back when I wrote my review of ‘Worldwide Rap’, I suggested that the listener give that album three honest listens to fully appreciate it for what it was. This time around, I’ll once again make the same recommendation for ‘Anders als die Besseren’.’ Emanuel Wallace, Rapreviews.com

Wallace’s recommendation also applies to ‘Air’: The music of LMNZ is loaded with complex content, but also with so many lovely details and ideas, that you just need some time to fully appreciate it. Nevertheless, the songs are catchy enough to convince at the first listening. Anyone looking for unadapted sound and mature, clever and critical content beyond the mainstream will be well served here. ‘Air’ awakens the anticipation on the other three EPs, which will appear every three months on vinyl and digitally.

credits

released November 15, 2019

1. Ideas
feat. Masta Ace, Flo Mega & DJ Robert Smith

produced by Eh Behaart A. Gauland & LMNZ
Scratches by DJ Robert Smith
lyrics written by LMNZ & Masta Ace
Flo Mega appears courtesy of Styleheads Music

2. Road Life

produced by Eh Behaart A. Gauland
backing vocals by Alina Cavalli
lyrics written by LMNZ

3. Guide

produced by Eh Behaart A. Gauland
viola lines played and arranged by Sebastian Peszko
lyrics written by LMNZ

4. Oxygen

produced by Kronstädta
lyrics written by LMNZ

5. Blue Screen Routine
feat. Dynasty

produced by Kronstädta
violin by Daniel Weltlinger
lyrics written by LMNZ & Dynasty

6. Falling
feat. Yugen Blakrok

produced by Kronstädta
trumpet by LMNZ
lyrics written by LMNZ & Yugen Blakrok

LMNZ – Air – 33RPM | All songs arranged, recorded and mixed by LMNZ | Mastered by Shola Risch, Room4Sound |

Cover Artwork by Rosen Dukov

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LMNZ Berlin, Germany

LMNZ produces Instrumentals, writes lyrics, composes, arranges music, raps, mixes and records songs (don’t need to be his own) and simply loves music! Moreover he is shooting and editing videos and photos.
The studied Sound Engineer (Bachelor of Recording Arts) lives in Berlin, Neukölln.
Go to www.worldwide-rap.com/lmnz/a-short-info-about-lmnz/ for more details and references
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