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This friday, you can expect Le1f‘s debut studio album Riot Boy to surface. Supported by songs made in cojunction with high-profile, exceptionally-talented producers such as Balam Acab and SOPHIE, Riot Boy has already showcased Le1f’s ear for production and versatility. As his album’s release week begins, Le1f has dropped off another song from the LP. Entitled “Umami/Water,” the track finds Le1f looking to groundbreaking, forward-thinking beatsmiths Lunice and Evian Christ for production. You can stream the cut above, and read a statement about it below.
I got this beat from Lunice, and I was really inspired to make a song dedicated to my friend Juliana Huxtable. There was a lot of talk in political media, as well as clickbait, about transgender issues. Feeling like I wasn’t educated and sensitive enough to trans issues, I wanted to correct that for myself, so I delved a bit more into educating myself on the struggle and a lot of the issues that are happening in the trans community. You know, really just knowing the names of victims and all this transphobic brutality and assaults. It’s a multi-faceted issue and also a beautiful thing. I felt that I needed to do that because so many of my favorite people are trans, particularly Juliana Huxtable. She’s one of my favorite artists in general.
It came around the time where she had that amazing series of pieces and collaborations in the Whitney Biennial. She attended Bard College and booked me for some of my first shows, before I put the “1” in my name. We’ve been friends for a really long time, so to see her transition into the most amazing human being…I just wanted to make a song that would make her the most proud, and would be helpful for the trans community at large but also my friends who are trans.