For a while there, it certainly seemed like Montreal producer Lunice was about to blow up, but he just sort of disappeared instead. 2011-2013 were his years, with highlights consisting of a remix of Deeerhunter’s “Helicopter” alongside Diplo, a cameo in Azealia Banks’ wildly popular “212” video, a production credit on a Rick Ross/Rockie Fresh song, and of course, TNGHT, the trap-rave duo he formed with Scotland’s Hudson Mohawke that seemed to only last for one EP. Since then, Mohawke’s gone on to work with Kanye West and release a great (if brutally underrated) solo album, while Lunice only has a handful of tracks on his Soundcloud to call his own.
That’s why it’s amazing to hear that Lunice finally has a debut album due out this fall on LuckyMe, the label that’s released all three EPs (two solo joints as well as TNGHT’s) that he’s been a part of thus far in his career. “Mazerati” is a track taken from the upcoming CCCLX (360), and today Lunice has shared the song’s music video. Fittingly, it features him doing what he does best-- aside from producing, that is-- dancing.
If you’ve ever seen a Lunice show, you’ll know that he spends almost as much time dancing as he does behind the boards, and even if you haven’t, you’ve definitely seen him doing his thing in the “212” video. This “Mazerati” clip is straight-up performance art, a bare-bones video shot in a single room with no special effects and no narrative or action save for Lunice’s expressive movements. Speaking to The Fader, Lunice stated that he’d had this choreographed routine in his mind ever since he started production on the song.
Musically, “Mazerati” is the deft blend of minimalist and maximalist impulses that Lunice has harnessed so well throughout his career, and it offers a lot to be excited about come this fall.
Stay tuned for more details on CCCLX (360) as they emerge.