The future of music is emerging as neither entirely dystopian, nor entirely optimistic – the new avant-garde are collapsing these divergent outlooks into something that hopes to bridge the opposite poles of the organic and the fabricated, the physical and the mental, the vague past and the aggressive future. As if to speak directly to this duality, there are elements of Lafawndah’s ritual club music that are both inherently trance-like and intuitively tangible. It is rhythm as melody and voice as rhythm and it surfs a broken 4G signal from the meditative fusion of Geinoh Yamashirogumi and Jon Hassell’s ‘Fourth World’ music to the ballistic battle cries of dancehall and devotional musics.
Lafawndah exists at a unique crossroads between vocalist and producer, conceptualist and performer - a disciple of hyperlinked global sonics and steadfastly urban attitude. She recently signed to Warp Records and released her new EP Tan.