[RH Review] Lushlife: Plateau Vision
“You losing to Dilla, you losing to Godzilla.”
If you google “Plateau Vision”, you’re likely to find a very old episode of Unsolved Mysteries in which a woman gets lost while taking a hike near her home. Family, friends, the full police department are all in full pursuit, and have come up with nothing after two days of searching. The woman is found by a local resident, who claims that her location came to him in a vision. He followed the vision and rescued her.
The other thing you will find if you google “Plateau Vision” is the new album from Philadelphia’s Lushlife, dropping April 17th via Western Vinyl. Lushlife makes great use of the title through an album that also appears meant to be. The music, 11 songs and 44 minutes in length, is an intriguing, in-depth, and sonically daring audio re-telling of Lush’s early delve into Hip Hop music and culture as he breaks down the visions he’s had that have gotten him to where he is today. Lush’s production is an eclectic and progressive mix of sounds and styles. It follows Lushlife’s previous production in its musicality and range of elements, which is contrasted by Lush’s lyrics and flows that don’t only stick to an underground Hip Hop format, but lean heavily on themes of emcee battles, past summer jams, Slick Rick records, Duckdown albums, and Lush’s love for the music and the culture. Lush made a backpacker’s album that can be played at a pool party, one that gives Hip Hop heads the screwface, yet your girl will still love it.
One of the best Hip Hop albums of 2012.