Introducing LAW ABIDIN CITIZ3N

Levi Oak-Reid is not just the mind behind the project; he's the heart, soul, and body, single-handedly writing, recording, performing, and producing the entirety of LAW ABIDIN CITIZ3N's music
28 February 2024

Levi Oak-Reid’s innovative mix of electronic, hip-hop, and rave cultures defy genre boundaries

Meet LAW ABIDIN CITIZ3N, the innovative creation of London’s own Levi Oak-Reid. This thrilling project intersects the worlds of electronic, hip-hop, and rave cultures, challenging traditional genre boundaries and surpassing expectations.

Levi Oak-Reid is not just the mind behind the project; he’s the heart, soul, and body, single-handedly writing, recording, performing, and producing the entirety of LAW ABIDIN CITIZ3N’s music. Yet, when it comes to live shows, the act transforms into a dynamic collective, featuring an eclectic mix of artists, creatives, and musicians, each adding their unique flair to the live experience.

The debut album SCUM: Self-Centred Urban Male, is a testament to Oak-Reid’s genius. It’s a blend that fuses the raw energy and sonics of ’80s and ’90s music with sleek pop melodies and cutting-edge electronic production.

Fundamentally, this album transcends the usual dance genre boundaries, weaving a narrative that goes beyond standard club music. It embarks on a groundbreaking​ trip through musical styles, blending house rhythms, hip-hop vibes, and ambient electronic sounds with throwback samples, all the while paying homage to the vibrant ’80s and ’90s rave scene.

The tracks on SCUM are as diverse as they are innovative. The opening track, Mother Mary, blends Nigerian tribal chants with the iconic Fade to Grey by Visage, creating a sound that’s both global and introspective. Breathe intertwines samples from a favorite erotic film with Chris Isaak’s haunting Wicked Game, set against thumping tribal beats, showcasing LAW ABIDIN CITIZ3N’s ability to create new narratives from familiar sounds.

The album continues to challenge and delight with Giving Is Good, which cleverly samples The Spice Girls’ Who Do You Think You Are over a ’90s electronic hip-hop beat, and Chasing Rabbits, which draws inspiration from Jefferson Airplane. Levitation samples Sweet Harmony by Liquid and Madonna’s The Power of Goodbye, a nod to the transcendent production of William Orbit, highlighting the album’s deep respect and understanding of its roots while pushing the boundaries of genre and expectation.

LAW ABIDIN CITIZ3N emerges as a movement, a declaration, and a festivity. It represents an extraordinary fusion of historical and futuristic sounds, forging an entirely distinct and compelling experience. As the music landscape progresses, LAW ABIDIN CITIZ3N positions itself as a guiding light for those eager to delve into the full spectrum of musical possibilities. Embark on this revolutionary journey and delve into the unique soundscapes of SCUM: Self-Centred Urban Male. The adventure is only starting.

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