Balam Acab is 20 year old Pennsylvania native Alex Koone. It’s strange that this is his first appearance on The Astral Plane, but hopefully you’ll let it slide. Koone makes haunting, downtempo tracks with enough reverb and distortion to make you feel sick to your stomach (in the best way possible). There’s plenty of dub influence in Koone’s music, as well as a good amount of almost indecipherable boom bap. Think of him as the baroque Shlohmo.
Lushlife is also from Pennsylvania. The MC/producer released on last years most underrated releases, the No More Golden Days tape. Lushlife’s upcoming album, Plateau Vision, will be released on April 17 and feaures Styles P, Heems (of Das Racist) and Cities Aviv. Several songs have been released from the album. You can find them at Lushlife’s Bandcamp.
Balam Acab’s remix of Lushlife’s “Still I Hear The Word Progress,” which features Styles P, combines the best aspects of both artists work. Lushlife and Styles’ vocals are heavily distorted into a screwed drawl here, infused with organic drips and drops and powerful hi-hats. Relieving the original of its overwrought chorus, Balam reduces it into a series of “hey, hey hey” chants, transforming the track into a dark, introspective mess that is only cleared up by the two MC’s disturbing vocals. Stream and download the track below and look out for Plateau Vision later this month.
Stream/Download: Lushlife – “Still I Hear The Word Progress” feat. Styles P (Balam Acab Remix)