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Friday, Jul 15 2005 | 12:27

More than three years since they first dropped their debut album and underground hit “Corners”, 2005 sees LAL take the production up a notch. “Warm Belly, High Power” is an emotive, personal journey with roots planted firmly in South Asia and branches stretching to hip hop, soul and beyond.

The album was conceived by LAL members Rosina Kazi and Nick Murray as a musical journey through the changing seasons. From the album opener through to the final track, “Warm Belly, High Power” sees LAL find a fuller and more ambient live sound thanks to musicians Rakesh Tewari, Nilan Pereira, Santosh Naidu and Ian De Souza.

LAL first came on the scene in 1998 with the inclusion of their “Last Stop” on the “Metropass EP” (PTR1201). By 2000, LAL had released their first full-length CD in Canada, the gritty, critically-acclaimed “Corners”. Establishing the duo as favourites of the Toronto urban and downtempo scene, LAL has continued to grow and evolve – with a full live band and remixes by the likes of Nick Holder, Moonstarr, Abacus, and Nu Era.

The music of LAL represents the cross-cultural Canadian experience, drawing from South Asian, West Indian, and Latin and African communities “with a deep commitment to social justice.” According to lead singer Rosina, LAL is “the new Canadian sound represented by first generation from immigrant experiences, heavily influenced by European and North American culture.”

Moving on from the gritty hip hop groove of Corners into the realm of blissed-out next-generation soul of Warm Belly, High Power, LAL has a lot riding on their second full-length. To their growing fan base in Toronto and around the world, LAL says that their record is “more focused, closer to the LAL sound “ and it should provide greater rewards to those that open up their ears.”

Audio Files:

Brown Eyed Warrior

Dancing The Same

Invincible

The album LALWarm Belly, High Power” (Public Transit Recordings) is going to be released September 26, 2005.

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