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The Skull Eclipses homecoming at Johnny Brenda’s is a win for cross-continental hip-hop

The Skull Eclipses | photo by Matthew Shaver for WXPN

Philadelphia rap auteur Lushlife (Raj Haldar) continues on a hot streak of album partnerships, this time with beat connoisseur Botany (Spencer Stephenson) to form The Skull Eclipses.  Together, they specialize in a sort of lo-fi, kind of psych infused, and refreshingly nostalgic experimental hip-hop.  Analog synthesis, twisted beats, and rapid fire boom-bap are the name of the game here, and a three-year journey spanning cross country collaborations paid off, and Lushlife brought it home to celebrate. Continue reading →

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The Skull Eclipses reflect on social injustice with Open Mike Eagle on new single “Gone”

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The Skull Eclipses | photo courtesy of the artist

The Skull Eclipses is a duo comprised of Austin producer Spencer Stephenson (aka Botany) and Philadelphia emcee Raj Haldar (aka Lushlife). Their music blends spacey textures and hip-hop lyricism, and a new single from their forthcoming eponymous album (out March 9th on Western Vinyl) takes a particularly urgent tone. The track, “Gone” features a verse from Chicago rapper Open Mike Eagle, and covers weighted topics including the prison industrial complex, corrupt banks, immigrations, and police brutality. Continue reading →