Multi-disciplinary producer and singer J.Lamotta teams up with Japanese beat-scene-monger BudaMunk to present collaborative album "Searching Skies" via Jakarta Records.
After the success of her recent releases J.Lamotta (165K monthly listeners on Spotify and more than 10M cumulative streams) is clearly becoming an international name. She keeps this prolific momentum alive with "Searching Skies", the collaborative album with Tokyo-based producer-mastermind BudaMunk, marking Lamotta's fourth, and BudaMunk's first, album to be released with Jakarta Records.
The Longplayer perfectly merges J.Lamotta's iconic R&B, jazzy-Neo-Soul aesthetics with BudaMunks laid-back, impeccably-imperfect lo-fi hip-hop productions. It's a well-timed collaboration, as J.Lamotta sees her loyal fanbase growing in Japan, and will be a worthy follow up to her previous Jakarta releases while Tokyo-based heavyweight BudaMunk (40K monthly listeners on Spotify and more than 1.7M cumulative streams) has received cosigns from a number of artists within the hip-hop arena, including Mndsgn, Eloquent, Pink Siifu, Suff Daddy, Kiefer, Swarvy and Lefto, among a host of others. His output is prolific and consistent, including releases on Jazzy Sport and Dogear Records, as well as LA-juggernaut Fat Beats' "Baker's Dozen" series; and his notoriety within the Japanese beat-scene is only growing. As Bandcamp's Max Bell writes of BudaMunk, "it takes years to perfect being this relaxed and this precise".
The album's 1st single, "Eyes To The Skies" is set to be released on September 24th alongside stunning visual accompaniments by Tokyo-based film, design and screen-print studio Damn Good Productions and multimedia artist 8mL. The laid-back production, full of warbly keys, pads and the angelic warmth of Lamotta's voice lets the listener float along as if they're in the skies themselves. It's a perfect vibe for the onset of the chillier Autumn weather.
The album's 2nd single, "Put It Aside" is set to be released on October 15th and will be accompanied by visuals once again provided by Damn Good Productions and 8mL. This second single takes blisteringly swinging percussive elements and melodies that warp into peculiar sounds that defy auditory recognition, yet tingle with familiarity. J.Lamotta's voice is as sweet as dates, and is the perfect accompaniment to BudaMunk's lo-fi headiness. The album's focus track, "Stay", will be released in conjunction with the album November 5th.
The album's single-releases and videos will be promoted via the artist's and the label's social media channels and will also be featured by music-blog Stereofox entirely, while Tokyo-based label Jazzy Sport will distribute and promote the release throughout Japan.
02: Put It Aside
04: Running Slow
05: Light Overcast (Interlude)
06: Carry On
07: When We Get There
08: Searching Skies (Interlude)
09: The Very Thought Of You
10: Open Your Mind