Evian Christ (UK)
Drake’s “Started From the Bottom, Now We Here” could easily apply to Liverpool resident Joshua Leary AKA Evian Christ, the proverbial bottom being a Youtube channel on which the twenty-four year old kindergarten teacher uploaded several tracks. They almost instantly attracted attention of the internet music community due to their original sound which organically combined elements of hip-hop and ambient music. Set of the tracks appeared on a debut mixtape called Kings and Them released by the Tri Angle label, and its gloomy aesthetics was a perfect match for Leary.
The same label later released a conceptual sound art opus Duga-3, inspired by an eponymous soviet radar system – what raised awareness of the general public, however, was the co-production of the latest Kanye West album Yeezus. Kanye’s choice and subsequent addition of Christ to his stable of producers at G.O.O.D Music wasn’t coincidental, the track I’m In It, produced by Evian, is one of the most aggressive tracks on the futuristic album. Evian’s current debut EP Waterfall (released at Tri Angle) is produced in a similar spirit, which will be present as one of the highlights of this year’s Lunchmeat Festival.