With a penchant for jazz samples and an impressive history of harmonious collaborations, Tennessee-based hip-hop producer L’Orange gives listeners another peek behind the curtain into the world of his latest album The Ordinary Man, coming out on October 27 from Mello Music Group. In September, L’Orange announced his album, pairing the announcement with the theatrical “Look Around (feat. Oddisee)”. Following the mysterious vibes of this track, L’Orange adds to the drama by releasing “The Everyday Illusion” where melancholic piano is given room to soar and the bassline is smoky and sensual. Today, he offered the following track on the album “The Difference”, where underground legends Blu and Elzhi dropped potent and driving verses while DJ Noumenon scratches effortlessly with the beat. The artistry that these men have crafted is present, conscious and infectious.
“Although mostly instrumental, there are vocal features from underground legends like Del The Funky Homosapien, Blu, Elzhi and Oddisee, as well as up and coming artists like Koreatown Oddity, Chuuwee & Solemn Brigham. These features cement the narrative of the album, tying together a long form story. Conceptually, the album follows a magician from being unknown to the biggest star in the world. Performing impossible feats for thousands of people, the magician eventually becomes disillusioned and bitter, blaming the world for not understanding his greatness. Although dark in tone, the album is reliably playful and absurd, taking a shadowy story and combining it with the most polished production we’ve ever seen from L’Orange.” – Mello Music Group
L’Orange is not only crafting infectious beats, but is also orchestrating a dramatic musical tale with some seriously innovative artists. While his previous albums have featured Mr. Lif, Kool Keith, Stik Figa and Jeremiah Jae, it is interesting to see how L’Orange has a variety of features for The Ordinary Man – to prove that it is really anything but ordinary.
Listen or purchase The Ordinary Man out on Oct. 27, 2017 through his outlets.