LAL officially launches our album DARK BEINGS in the US off of
Cruisin Records with a US Tour and some Canadian dates!
Canadian electronic duo will release their sixth album, and first in the United States, Dark Beings on March 8th via Cruisin Records, an independent label managed by Theo Hilton (Nana Grizol, Defiance, Ohio) and Clyde Petersen (Your Heart Breaks, Torrey Pines) with a mission to provide a space for queer artists to thrive. LAL Founding members Rosina Kazi and Nicholas Murray came from their local scenes of hip hop, punk, electronic and experimental music and blend all of those influences along with house and techno come together for the new release.
The themes of the album reflect on nature and human nature and the connection to the earth, the ground, the grassroots and community. Dark Beings was released in Canada last year spending four months at #1 on the Campus Electronic music charts and was long-listed for the Polaris Award. The band also toured extensively through Canada playing Slut Island (Montreal), POP Montreal, and the Luminato Festival in Toronto. Dark Beings is the follow up to 2016’s Find Safety released on Rae Spoon’s label Coax Records, a collection of songs inspired by Kazi and Murray’s art space, Unit2, a word of mouth warehouse, operating for over 10 years in Toronto’s west end hosting varied events from gigs to local activism and everything in between.
LAL is heavily influenced by their collective experiences and the Toronto community they are a part of: Queer, Trans, 2 Spirit, non-binary, Black, Indigenous, People of Colour and their friends and allies. A large focus of the LAL experience is to create inclusivity for the audience and a safe place to be, create and support each other.
Kohinoorgasm (one word: ko-hee-noor-gasm; a playful portmanteau of the words ‘kohinoor’ and ‘orgasm’) is the lo-fi experimental pop music project of queer, mixed, desi artist Josephine Shetty. Shetty uses minimal dance beats and susurrate vocals to create hypnotic environments in which she hopes listeners can reflect and replenish. Between one album and two EPs, her released songs address topics ranging from war crimes and transformative justice to emotional exhaustion and body autonomy. As a self-teaching, self-managing, self-producing, and self-releasing solo artist, critical elements of Kohinoorgasm’s ethos include building support networks for marginalized artists and increasing the accessibility of arts education, as well as advancing grassroots efforts to abolish systems that terrorize and criminalize migrants and poor people, decolonize our social and economic structures, and heal the emotional and psychological wounds of living in an unjust society. As Kohinoorgasm, Shetty has performed at festivals, universities, museums, music venues, and art spaces across the US and Europe. Additionally, a strong commitment to community and collaboration has drawn Shetty to other roles and disciplines, such as DJ, educator, organizer, sound engineer, composer, dancer, curator, and model. Shetty is born and based in Los Angeles, CA, and her music is streaming everywhere.
Adee Roberson was born in West Palm Beach, Florida in 1981. Her work weaves sonic and familial archives, with landscape, technicolor, rhythm, form, and spirit. She has exhibited and performed at numerous venues including, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Antenna Gallery, Project Row Houses, Palm Springs Art Museum, Human Resources, Charlie James Gallery, Contemporary Art Center New Orleans, MOCA Los Angeles, and Art Gallery of Windsor, Ontario. She is based Los Angeles, California.