From her time as a co-trickster with Dean Blunt in Hype Williams, to her cycling through various aliases for different releases, Inga Copeland has never made easy legibility an artistic priority. Her debut full length, 2014’s Because I’m Worth It, was released as copeland, while a subsequent EP, RELAXIN’ With Lolina saw her take on the name Lolina. Last year, she retained the name Lolina for an album called Live In Paris that was not, actually, recorded live in Paris, however insistent the sinister chant of the titular phrase three minutes in is. Today she has shared a cryptic video for a track called “Fake Bond,” with the video’s still image splitting the difference between her monikers by referring to her as “Inga ‘Lolina’ Copeland.” The track is built around a wobbly electric piano loop that switches between two, unbalanced feeling meters, anchored by a slick, mischievous bass line. Meanwhile, strange, waterlogged sounds interject here and there, as if performing a modernist ballet.
A new year brings a new moniker for Inga Copeland. A former member of beat freak duo Hype Williams, the Estonian artist is now recording under the name Lolina. And with this new pseudonym comes another slight shift in her approach to modern electronic pop. Taking a step to the left of the wobbly afterparty vibes of her last album, 2014's Because I'm Worth It (released as copeland), her new EP RELAXIN' With Lolina is dmore minimalist, stripping the '90s-influenced club tracks down to the studs. On the amazing "Miss Understood," Copeland drives a few insistent synth melodies into your cerebellum nice and easy, soothing the impact of the assault with a nursery rhyme-like vocal and a dribbling, halting boom-bap.
Dean Blunt's partner-in-crime and resident weirdo Inga Copeland-- who together form the madcap duo Hype Williams-- recently unveiled a strange, left-field little 12" (pictured above) by the name of Don't Look Back, That's Not Where You're Going. Despite not having quite the profile of Blunt, the singer-producer has kept busy, quietly dropping a new, six-track mixtape this past Friday under the eye-grabbing title Higher Powers, 2012. The tape continues the sonic territory mined on last year's Blunt collab Black is Beautiful, starting off with the bubbling, abrasive "Faith" and moving through a series of twisted ballads, stuttering tunes, and, yes, white noise. All the while sounding endearingly cheap.
Higher Powers is streaming in full below, and if you dig what you hear, you can download it free here.
Apparently saying "fuck it" to the whole resting on his laurels things, the Hyperdub founder and dubstep icon, Kode9, just announced a Rinse.FM mix, Rinse:22, the launch party for which is jam-packed with British talent. In addition to a set by Steve Goodman himself, the show will feature the live UK debut of Inga Copeland's solo project-- one half of Hype Williams aka Dean Blunt and Inga Copeland-- as well as Cooly G and Scratch DVA. The mix will even boasts two new tracks by Kode9, the impeccably titled "Uh" and "Ok," both of which are footwerk-inspired available now for your ears' content. (via Self-Titled)