Sydney-based hip hop duo, LHA, announces the release of their debut album, Split Decision. Written and produced entirely by the duo, the album perfectly captures the ethos of LHA; soulful, catchy, heartfelt music to move body and mind.
LHA comprises Australian emcee Adikkal and Korean producer LeeHahn. Captivated by the idea that a song should move you inside and out, LHA make music full of provoking grooves. Crossing cultures and fusing elements of soul, funk on the bedrock of hip hop, they produce a distinct sound that, while gathering eclectic influences from music’s fringes, upholds an appeal for music fans across the globe.
Born and raised in Sydney, emcee Adikkal is a skilled freestyler, who draws on years of live experience with hip hop/funk/rock band, The Suitable Few. Having played alongside some of the biggest names in local hip hop including The Herd and Downsyde, he is as well versed live as he is in the studio. Effortlessly weaving honest and considered lyrics over LeeHahns’ production, Adikkal creates a powerful musical blend that is both sweet and raw.
Born in Seoul, Korea, LeeHahn moved to Australia 17 years ago. Having honed his talents as producer for Korean hip hop outfit J Daiz, LeeHahn brings a meticulous and soulful ear, combining live instruments with hard-hitting drums and cleverly chopped samples. The result is nothing short of expert.
Since releasing their debut EP It’s Time in 2009, LHA has received recognition and acclaim from critics and fans both locally and around the world. Their track That’s Just Life won a spot in the final 5 for the Launch Your Band competition, and was rated in the top 20 in its category in the International Song Writing Competition.
The duo has played extensively throughout Sydney, alongside artists such as Australian hip hop/soul band, Lowrider. Building on the hi-vibe of their recorded music, they enlist the assistance of their extended musical family – guitarist Nikko and bass player Gurg – to deliver not just a performance, but an explosive, live hip hop experience.
The first track from Split Decision, Keep It Movin, is a sophisticated, and stylish groove, with a video to match. Created by renowned Korean graphic artist, designer, VJ, professor and author, Parpunk, the clip is three and half minutes of animated music video class. This is cultural collaboration at its finest, and LHA clearly has it down pat.
The brand new single, This Is Your Life, is at radio this week. Ignited by the powerful lyrics of Adikkal and his fight for self-actualisation, the track is driven home by the soulful but commanding beats of LeeHahn. Directed by Kane Yoon, the video is another stylish offering from the duo, who find elegance in the ordinary with ease. The end result is powerful and inspirational.