Lava La Rue

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Lava La Rue is an outlier and a unifier. Growing up in Ladbroke Grove in West London, the musician would get the bus to school in the morning surrounded by other kids, all of them listeners of grime or radio. Lava, meanwhile, was tuned into a different frequency. “It wasn’t normal for Jamaican kids to be into indie or Britpop,” they remember, having played in bands, inspired by the Gorillaz and The Clash, throughout their teenage years. Little has changed in the time that’s passed (“I can’t name five non-binary Jamaican indie producers off the top of my head”). But that was never a deterrent, only an opportunity to help shift the cultural dynamic with the music they knew they wanted to make.

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