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BIO

Lozen isn’t much for boxes, because "magic happens outside of your comfort zone". The bilingual Quebecer and now BC-based eclectic singer-songwriter-rapper-bandleader goes way beyond classification with a mixed bag of genre-bending offerings from trippy R&B, and soulful jazz-infused ballads, to groovy electronic bass and progressive hip hop soundscapes. Her raw and powerful vocals combined with introspective, emotionally charged lyrics have earned her critical acclaim and a devoted fanbase. Think Jessie Reyez and Lauryn Hill, with a dose of M.I.A.

The seasoned impresario opted to stray from her usual creative process with this forthcoming record. “Before I even got down with rap, I’d write songs on my guitar,” says Lozen, “I went back to my roots with this one. In a sense, it was kind of like coming home.” That approach to composing laid the groundwork while teaming up with JUNO, SOCAN, ASCAP and MUCH MUSIC award-winning beatmaker DJ Kemo (Producer/Audio Engineer — Kardinal Offishall, Akon, Rascalz, Swollen Members, K-OS, SNOW, Pitbull, Fito Blanko) allowed her to bring the project to life.

The duo has been hunkering down together at the Vanguards Music studio for months, enlisting the talent of prominent feature artists and session musicians to collaborate on a new album that reflects the multi-dimensionality of the artist she has been and continues to become. Holistically, there are three facets to the project: original studio recordings, electronic remixes, and acoustic/live band renditions. No official release date has been announced yet, however, their first taster is out now on Soul Path Records.

“Something Bout Chu” is a baddie meets goodie confession letter, fueled by unapologetic self-worth and a passionate, long-distance romance. From the jump, raspy, throaty vocals are paired with slow arpeggio stripped-back acoustic triplets that suddenly break into a reggae-infused rhythm, bringing a light-hearted summertime feel that screams freedom. In the dirty edit, she drops bombs, F-bombs that is. She knows what she wants, where she wants it, and how she likes it. The sexual innuendo is palpable, with iconic lyrical references giving nods to rap legends Wu-Tang Clan and Busta Rhymes.

 

Villem’s electronic remix of the track offers an entirely different vibe at 174 bpm. Hailing from Bristol, UK, the production wizard orchestrates a dynamic, textured dance floor banger brimming with rolling bass, grimy pads, and a provocative drop. One of the most versatile artists in the Drum & Bass scene, Villem has released on almost all the major labels within this genre, including Symmetry, LTJ Bukem’s Good Looking, Ingredient, and Med School.

In addition to recordings, live shows have been a large part of the songstress’s career. She’s opened for a roster of heavyweights including De La Soul, Blackalicious, The Beatnuts, Tha Alkaholiks, Masta Ace, Classified, Yelawolf, Merkules, The Funk Hunters, Stickybuds, Slynk, Neon Steve, JFB, and Crissy Criss to name a few, along with a slew of other festival circuit headliners. A resident host emcee for Whistler Junglists/Funked Up events, an afternoon commercial radio personality at Whistler FM, and a myriad of acoustic/live band bookings have kept her busy.

 

Having performed with a core set of DJs and musicians for years, moving to the Vancouver area for the concept to realization of this album found her vetting a new player lineup. This project will expand Lozen’s repertoire and build stage shows that highlight the genre and format fluid expression of her artistry.

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