Lizzo is delighted to announce the UK release of her debut album LIZZOBANGERS on 4th November via Totally Gross National Product (Poliça et al). She has shared the incredible video for 'Batches And Cookies', a cut that features Sophia Eris, and and announced a full UK tour supporting Har Mar Superstar in November.
Born in Detroit in the late 80's, Lizzo spent much of her formative years in the church, where she was raised on the gospel sounds of The Winans, The Clark Sisters, and Fred Hammond, along with mainstay secular artists such as Stevie Wonder and Elton John, before later taking influence from the trademark chopped and screwed rap tracks of the Houston underground, to the progressive and polished R&B sounds of groups like Destiny's Child that were raising the city's national profile to new heights. Over the next decade she would go through the trenches of some of the most varied musical genres: R&B girl groups (I.N.I.T.I.A.L.S., Cornrow Clique), progressive rock bands (Elypseas), solo rap ventures, and electro-pop duos (Lizzo & The Larva Ink).
In Minneapolis after forming and then dissolving The Chalice with Sophia Elis and Claire de Lune, three-piece all-female rap/R&B group, she began listening to several different local albums in hopes of finding new inspiration. It was LAVA BANGERS, a 20-track instrumental mixtape from DOOMTREE producer and Minneapolis music vet LAZERBEAK, that ultimately caught her ear. Beaks' beats proved the fix: "I sat at home and listened to LAVA BANGERS, and when "Lift Every Voice" came on, my writer's block was cured," says Lizzo. "I think it revived my gospel roots. I wrote pages and pages of songs, and finally reached out to Lazerbeak, not thinking anything would come of it."
Her timing could not have been better. Beak, impressed with Lizzo's output with The Chalice, as well as her guest appearances on several other local releases, was looking for a change of pace from his daily Doomtree production and business responsibilities. He immediately signed on to work on some demos. Beat tapes were exchanged, songs were written, and mutual friend and musical collaborator RYAN OLSON (Totally Gross National Product founder, GAYNGS / MARIJUANA DEATHSQUADS mastermind) was brought on board to creatively oversee the project. Olson recorded and edited all 15 tracks in his bedroom studio, bringing in laid back hype-man CLIFF RHYMES along the way to add even more layers to Lizzo's dynamic vocals.
LIZZOBANGERS is an album that manages to capture all of the varied musical influences of Lizzo's upbringing and combine them with the forward-thinking experimental production style of Beak and Olson. The end result is a brave new project that encapsulates the best parts of both the familiar and the future.
LIZZO LIVE (all dates with Har Mar Superstar)
12 Nov - Norwich, The Waterfront
13 Nov - Nottingham, Bodega Social Club
14 Nov - Birmingham, Hare & Hounds
15 Nov - Manchester, Sound Control
16 Nov - Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
17 Nov - Hull, Welly
18 Nov - Glasgow, King Tut's Wah Wah Hut
19 Nov - Carlisle, The Brickyard
20 Nov - Bristol, The Fleece
21 Nov - Milton Keynes, The Crawford Arms
22 Nov - Bedford, Esquires
25 Nov - Portsmouth, Wedgewood Rooms
26 Nov - London, Scala
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