This Wednesday: Lunice @ Ivy (49 Cuba Street)
Things move in cycles. In the early 2000s, a kid from Montreal by the name of Lunice Fermin Pierre II fell in love with hip-hop while attending a local festival known as Do It Jam. A decade on, Lunice, as he’s now known, both on stages and record credits, is alongside his peers Hudson Mohawke, Mad Decent Records, Lucky Me Records and the Brainfeeder family, close to being in the drivers seat of mainstream rap music.
It’s a space he’s slowly worked towards through mercurial hyper-colourful DJ sets and loved singles and EPs that ride the line between trap music, dubstep, electro-boogie and intelligent dance music. Also building his buzz through collaborations with globe trotting DJ Diplo, divisive internet rapper Azealia Banks and remixes for the likes of Young L, Wacka Flocka Flame, XV and Gucci Mane, things became white hot for Lunice last year when he formed his new duo TNGHT with Hudson Mohawke.
Having pulled the two onto the radar of Kanye West and the G.O.O.D Music family, the resultant flurry of attention suggests Lunice and his peers could be close to having their own watershed pop moment, much like the late 90s/early2000s pinnacle period where Timbaland, Aaliyah, Missy Elliot and The Neptunes completely transformed the commercial hip-hop and RnB landscape.
This Wednesday, Lunice will perform his debut Wellington DJ set, with support from a collection of talented local electronic performers and DJs including CTFD [calmthefvckdown] feat Diaz Grimm,
Kamandi, Yvnalesca, Beat Mob and #4chainz. Rolling from 9pm at Ivy (downstairs, 49 Cuba Street), the evening promises what will most likely be our last opportunity to witness this fast rising talent inside an intimate nightclub environment. With interest having been strong, a limited number of pre-sale tickets are still available over at Under The Radar for $30+bf.
For those serious about contemporary club culture, this is an essential show, so get in quickly. If you’re looking for more insight into the man behind the music, you can read an interview I conducted with him over at Under The Radar by CLICKING HERE.