Welcome back to the circus! The wait is over, finally, as fans click play and begin their journey through the Lurk Skank EP. It has been a long while since Levitation Jones has put out any official content, but the wait is worth it. 2017 was an extremely busy and convoluted time for Levitation Jones, filled with a massive 40+ city headline tour, an array of major festivals, and, on top it all, a personal life to balance into this mix. Staying so busy can be stressful and confusing and unfortunately can sometimes cause one to shut down.
Despite a large amount of success across the country, Jones admittedly fell into a few bad habits including drug addiction, and alcoholism, coupled with a naturally bipolar mind, creating some disappointing moments and circumstances. Luckily, for him and his fans, Jones took a short and much needed sabbatical at home, rested his mind, focused on his art, and dialed in to his best work yet. Lurk Skank tells you a story of the mind and attitude of Levitation Jones. This 5-track EP navigates the dark, the gloomy, the real, the honest, the silly, the satirical, and the determined Levitation Jones at his best, and only getting better.
Our opening ceremony begins. “Sacrifice The Pig” enters ears slowly and gathers hearts and minds in a ceremonious circle. A large ominous yet satisfying feeling lays over while deep, slow drum circle activity thunders through our bodies. We wind through cosmos of eerie cadences, spooky sprites, and what sound like moans of a boar. The fire burns brighter and bigger, climaxing fiercely, and then with a whisper, turns to coals and silence. The sacrifice has been made. It is time.
Slamming right into 4th gear, Jones barrels us into “American Rudeboi”. A short, slow, intriguing intro, as the curtains draw back, brings fans to the edge of their seat only to be pushed to the back as a tsunami of bone-chilling bass emerges and rides over. This track will flatten you on the floor. Attributing to UK, European and rooted dub culture, Jones makes a statement that things are changing and coming alive with dubstep in the United States, and he’s here to show you how we do. Ladies and gentlemen, a round of applause for our American Rudeboi!
Lurk Skank, yep, go ahead and say that a few more times. The name alone sounds filthy leaving your mouth and the tune does it’s title pure justice. Tempo increases with grit and grime thrown left and right. You want attitude? Bitch you got it. A sheer thriller; creepy crawly, spinal adjustment, flexing HARD. Jones capitalizes on his innate ability to create disturbing, outlandish noises and feelings, and smudges it right in your face. Gang.
Our next act begins with what sounds like an evil, moaning gospel. “Lil Cream” takes us on a journey across the sea of dead. Slowly rowing the boat over a wasteland of death, with a storm brewing above, listeners huddle, bunker down, and fasten their seatbelts. The journey gets scarier and harsher as we row, death is literally grasping at your ankles. Vile, decrepit beasts begin chasing and heart rates beat harder and faster, the bass consuming. But alas, we’ve made it and safely walk ashore.
Behold! Our final act. “Career Advice”. Erking horns lead us directly into quite a confusing intro. Not really sure where this one is going? You’re not supposed to. Jumping all over the place, Jones takes us on a rambling, babbling, dysfunctional chaotic mess of a trip. I think I’m having a bad time, but I kind of like it. Jones has often taken an unconventional route to expressing his art, and along the way has met many who’ve tried to advise him against his methods to madness and to “get in line and wait your turn”. Mocking the judgemental, Career advice is a loud and clear message; “I know what I’m doing”.