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The “Royal Blue 3000” EP’s atmospheric soundscape swirls and shimmers as the six tracks unfurl, pairing minimalist cosmic production with Ladi’s warm, soulful voice. Whilst remaining true to their earlier funk and hip-hop influence, the group have returned with a refreshed sound by heightening the use of electronic and future soul elements throughout.
The unconventional creation process of the EP was inspired by the art of krautrock, and saw Ladi6 partner with Red Bull to form The Alpha Sessions, where they brought the band’s studio set up to the stage for live performances around New Zealand. The band created, experimented and re-created new material live, feeling their way through the music as tracks developed, and forming the basis of the EP on pure instinct and freestyle before taking the best cuts into the studio to refine.