While maturity and technical prowess undoubtedly accompany time and experience, there’s a certain unrestricted fervor when it comes to youthful creativity. Take London act Age of L.U.N.A., composed of rappers Butch Arkas and Kyoto Noir, producer NK-OK-, and singer Daniella Thomas. With an average age of 18-years-old, the quartet are teetering over to adulthood while already producing a brand of absorbing hip-hop that strives to reintroduce musicality and sophistication into mainstream rap music, breaking through the clutter of dis songs and unimaginative, uninspired beats.
About the work, Thomas says:
This projects whole concept is for the people…especially the youth. The slogan ‘Live Under No Authority’ as anything, is open to different interpretations. For us it represents who we are and what we stand for. No one was ever going to tell us what to do with our life and/or what is right or wrong because there is no right or wrong way of doing things. It’s to let the youth know that they can do whatever they want and set that path themselves. Without sounding cliche, throughout this whole project we talk about finding ourselves, inspiring the youth, reminiscing on past occurrences that moulded us into the people we are becoming. The beautiful musicality gives it an edgy colourful flavour to contrast the dark things we are actually speaking about, “searching for peace beneath the blossom tree.” There are references to the relationship between mood and the seasons, bonds with nature and pathetic fallacy where you’re feeling reckless emotionally and “you will blame it all on the winter.” On ‘Better Than Love’ we three (Daniella, Kyote and Butch) speak on love in individual ways. We wrote it as a poem or like a school kid that runs home and writes in their journal and NK-OK lays the foundations and echoes the emotion. The question the song pushes is “What’s better than love?” The question the EP pushes is “What are you waiting for?” The seasons are changing.
Check out their debut mixtape below and learn more about Age of L.U.N.A here.