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West-London artist Lava La Rue (they/them) has shared their long awaited new EP Butter-Fly, out via Marathon Artists. Recorded in L.A. and London with producers including Isom Innis (Foster The People)Dan Holloway and CourageButter-Fly is self-described as Lava’s attempt to ‘redefine what queer music can be; setting the agenda for queer music in the 20s’. Across five dexterous and confident tracks, from the euphoric ‘Angel‘ featuring Deb Never, to the dreamy dopamine hit of ‘G.O.Y.D‘ (with vocals from Clairo and production from Vegyn), the release marks a new milestone in Lava’s already stellar multi-disciplinary career.

Speaking on the project, Lava explains;
‘The whole project was made in a transitional time where I felt like I had finally found my wings and settled into a place where I was able to practice a lot of the things I believed in. I musically had pushed myself further than i had done before to capture a dreamy emotion of falling in love, entering my 20s, shrugging of insecurities you carry through your teens and recognising the kind of person I want to be in this world.’

‘So the word “butterfly” made sense, but I specially split up the word into “butter” and “fly” with the hyphen because both those words by them self it has both ugly and beautiful connotations; the word butter makes me think of grease and excess but also smoothness and taste (smooth like butter), and the word fly makes me think of the insect and it’s connection to death & excretion but also to literally fly and be liberated. I guess it represents the process to join those words together and be transitional. The hyphen is the growing pains. Then finally it’s the follow up project after “Stitches” ….butterfly stitches, the healing of wounds’

The EP lands with an incredible accompanying video for ‘Magpie’.

On the video, Lava explains; “The ‘Magpie’ music video is London’s subcultural history timeline personified into a person walking through a tube carriage. Showing many elements of how British Caribbean sound system culture, UK black punk, Notting Hill carnival, 2000s Grime & more, would become the blueprint of the contemporary music scene we know today. Pay close attention as each small detail represents moments of both the rise & sometimes the decline of these movements.”

Butter-Fly showcases Lava’s incredible dexterity as an artist – flitting between a honey-tinged vocal and trademark rap flow. A collection of queer love songs in various guises, Lava takes us on a journey of their sonic capabilities; from the 2020 dream-like intro ‘Magpie’, through the 2020 love ballad ‘Goofy Hearts’, to the psychedelic pop of ‘Lift You Up’ ft. Karma Kid.

Butter-Fly Tracklist
1. Magpie
2. Angel (Feat. Deb Never)
3. Goofy Hearts Club
4. G.O.Y.D
5. Lift You Up (Feat. Karma Kid)

Fans will be overjoyed to have a solid body of work from Lava and the first collection of tracks since 2019’s STITCHES mixtape. A truly matured sound, Lava’s Butter-Fly is an iconic moment for the young star, who is truly cemented as a firm one to watch for 2021. Without a doubt, one of the UK’s most exciting artists, Lava’s success far outweighs their young years. The West London musician has seen themself collaborating with, and recognised by, the likes of COLORS Berlin, Converse, The Tate, ELLE, Noisey, The Guardian, Dazed, British Vogue, i-D, Crack, Aries, Henry Holland, Calvin Klein, Aries and more.

A true creative, and multi-hyphenate talent, musician, singer and artist, Lava La Rue has been making music for the past few years as both their self, and a part of their collective NiNE8. It was only two years ago that they began a true journey of creative releases, with their debut single ‘Widdit‘ flooring critics – a song that went on to feature on the coveted COLORS. Since then, their catalogue has gone on to accumulate millions of streams.

As the founding member of the creative group NiNE8, Lava has curated incredible projects across the worlds of art, music and fashion- perhaps most notably a show at Men’s Fashion Week, and TATE Modern “LATE” takeover. Lava is setting the pace, with their motivated, all-encompassing creativity – introducing themself to new fans, old fans and critics alike.

An incredible performer, Lava is set to announce new dates for 2021. Having sold out their solo shows and after supporting 070 Shake, Christine and the Queens, Clairo, not to mention hosting a party takeover with Tyler The Creator, Lava is set for world domination.


Praise for Lava La Rue

‘It’s a real tour de force, thoughtful pop music illuminated by Lava La Rue’s sense of soul’
– Clash Magazine

‘a flawless queer love song’
– The Guardian

‘A heady mix of the U.K. artist’s fast-paced bars and melodic choruses’ 
– The Fader


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