“Hip Hop, Jim, but not as we know it.”
Formed in 2005 as the original brainchild of one MC, Lazy Habits have been infusing hip-hop with the brass-tinged jazz of the Fifties for the past eleven years, in a boundary-pushing attempt to change the face of the genre.
Since their debut self-released EP On the Wagon put the Habits on the radar of Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, the Hackney-based collective blew up on the underground scene, selling out on pre-orders alone. Their follow up single Even Out introduced them to a wider audience and was used on commercially released cinema and TV productions both domestically and around Europe.
Now, as anticipation intensifies for the release of their second album The Atrocity Exhibition, the brass-infused underground heroes arrive in Brighton for a headline show at The Haunt. Expect a more evolved, cinematic sound than their debut, as Lazy Habits seamlessly blend infectious rhythms and candid lyricry with more strings than previous tracks – finding new ways to epitomise what the band are about and how far they’ve come since their beginnings.
Over the years, the band have notched up shows at legendary venues including Shepherd’s Bush Empire, The Roundhouse and KOKO, as well as supporting big names Soulwax, Bonobo, Chali 2Na (Jurassic5) and Beardyman. However, they haven’t just racked up a cult following at home; the band won hearts in a string of sold out dates in Asia last year, where they gained fame for collaborating with Asian superstar rapper Dwagie’s (alongside US rap heavyweight DJ Premier and WuTang’s GhostFace Killah).
This 22nd April, the six-piece add our very own The Haunt to their ever-extending repertoire, promising to deliver some of the most vibrant and cutting-edge music we’re likely to hear out of the British music scene in a long time. With unparalleled onstage energy and a colossal live experience that will keep you buzzing long after you’ve left the venue, you’d be a fool to miss it.
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By Nammie Matthews