Alex Hall and Emil Amos are two individuals whom you might not know you know when we mention that they’re a part of a band by the name of Grails. That Portland based band is pretty well regarded in the world of post-rock and they’ve certainly made a presence on Sly Vinyl a time or two in the past. Aside from Grails, Hall and Emos have also been dabbling, for a few years now, within the world of Lilacs & Champagne — their own instrumental, psychedelic, world of swirling hip-hop.

I’ll admit, I know plenty about Grails but I never had any clue about this band’s existence. With Grails having released their last record through Temporary Residence Ltd., it’s certainly no surprise to see Jeremy and co. giving this record a proper pressing.

The first single, Roses & Kisses, is available down below!

“Midnight Features Vol. 2 skins traditional hip-hop to its bones, then builds it back up with the flesh of Eastern European private press psych records, obscure film soundtracks, indistinguishable radio broadcasts, library tapes, and who knows what else from who knows where else.”

The Details

LILACS AND CHAMPAGNE "Midnight Features Vol. 2: Made Flesh"

CATALOG NUMBER: TRR251
RELEASE DATE: 17-03-2015

THIS IS A PRE-ORDER! ALL ITEMS WILL SHIP ON OR AROUND MARCH 10, 2015!

Instrumental psychedelic hip-hop hybrid Lilacs & Champagne spent their first two albums shining a light on the darkest corners of vintage European cinematic oddities. Their eponymous debut album and the follow-up, Danish & Blue, were warped, psychedelic takes on damaged funk and b-movie film scores. With their palette now thoroughly smeared, coconspirators Emil Amos and Alex Hall are flirting with the makings of a masterpiece in Midnight Features Vol. 2: Made Flesh. From the mournful opening breaths of “Roses & Kisses” – a new career high point for the band – it’s obvious they are charting a dynamic new course that simultaneously pays tribute to and explodes the legendary beatmakers that came before. Midnight Features Vol. 2 skins traditional hip-hop to its bones, then builds it back up with the flesh of Eastern European private press psych records, obscure film soundtracks, indistinguishable radio broadcasts, library tapes, and who knows what else from who knows where else. The most remarkable feat of Midnight Features Vol. 2 is not the impressive array of sound sources, but how Lilacs have managed to orchestrate so many seemingly disparate genres into one cohesive future music. They execute sudden changes in mood and tone with uncanny dexterity and grace – a feat made more impressive by their newly expanded line-up that includes Jay Clarke (Ash Black Bufflo) and Zac Reno. They’ve clearly found their groove, and they’re just starting to dig in.

This vinyl-only release is strictly limited to 1,000 copies (700 Black, 300 Color)

LIMITED EDITION COLORED VINYL (EDITION OF 300): MARSALA

ALL VINYL FORMATS INCLUDE MP3 DOWNLOAD COUPON INSIDE PACKAGE

LIMIT ONE (1) COLORED VINYL LP PER CUSTOMER!

Price $15

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