LÂLKA, Meanjin/Brisbane multi-hyphenate producer, has shared the first of new music for 2021, Atomic Blonde. Listen and watch the visualiser HERE.
Driven by the phrase “I like the way music looks / I like the way fashion sounds,” synths bounce along a bubbly house beat before twisting into a rumbling, pitched up bassline. Produced collaboratively with Sydney electronic producer BRUX, Atomic Blonde illustrates LÂLKA‘s commitment to evolving her sound and creative energy, influenced by her trailblazing inspirations. From a chance decision to colour her hair, LÂLKA presents reinvigoration through song form on Atomic Blonde, and more broadly, striving to reclaim her identity as a woman of colour.
Of the release LÂLKA shares “I appropriated this phrase from Malcolm McLaren (manager of the Sex Pistols, collaborator & ex-partner of Vivienne Westwood). It succinctly describes the reasons why I’m obsessed with both music and fashion. Pulling together phrases associated with my two biggest interests, this track is probably the most fun I have ever had lyrically.”
LÂLKA’s brazen take on pop experimentalism has been called many things: “the future” by Tone Deaf, “attitude-filled organised chaos” by Stoney Road, “too cool for this world” by Fashion Journal and many more. Since first emerging with her debut Dare You To Love Me, LÂLKA has steadily worked and built her portfolio to include supporting Charli XCX, Alice Ivy, Genesis Owusu, Miss Blanks and more alongside appearances at BIGSOUND, Laneway and FOMO festivals in recent years.
Her contortion of glitchy hyperpop through the lens of her own experiences is palatial and ferocious with plenty of tongue-in-cheek energy. Her dynamism comes to life through dance, real-time sample triggering and live instrumentation as a classically trained musician. Stay tuned as LÂLKA promises more in 2021.
Atomic Blonde is out now, buy/stream it here.
With thanks to twnty three