Talent comes in all shapes and sizes. The Age of L.U.N.A is living proof that you don’t have to be old to have talent. After dropping a smooth release titled ‘Six Feet Deep’, they are being titled as ones to watch, even by Radio 1Xtra’s own DJ Semtex. Specialising in 90s style rap, the four piece group are fast picking up momentum, even appearing on Radio 1Xtra twice in 2015. Bringing a smooth, crisp beat with soulful singing and intricate rap verses, it seems they are taking the music industry in their stride.
The group officially formed in 2013 after founders Butch Arkas and Kyoto Noir came together to become ZangWu. The duo met each other at school, being in the same tutor group eight years previously. Later on the pair met electronic producer NK-OK, the youngest member of the group being at the ripe age of just 15. Through SoundCloud they managed to connect and collaborate, taking them a step further to forming their group. Finally, their friend Daniella Thomas joined them after the off chance of meeting at a party, and asking to sing on one of their tracks, which they found that her soulful voice blended perfectly with their style and sound.
The Age of L.U.N.A boast a broad range of influences including A Tribe Called Quest, Fela Kuti, Erykah Badu and even Tears For Fears. The group, despite their own personal influences, all share a love of 90s hip hop, which is at the core of their fresh sound. Vocalist Daniella has a slightly different selection of artists that she draws inspiration and influence from, including Radiohead, The Police, Coldplay and Portishead. “We all grew up around MTV Base and that era”, Daniella says. “All our different influences and styles mashed together will make a new style.”
Listen to their single ‘Six Feet Deep’ below: