LUVRS offer ode to soul legend Gil Scott Heron on nu-funk steamer, ‘Alien’

LUVRS continue to impress in the duo’s early catalog-building releases with a nu-funk groover in “Alien,” a tribute to the late legend Gil Scott Heron who passed away on May 27, 2011. Heron was a soul and jazz poet known for his spoken-word performances between the 70s and 80s and influence on hip-hop and neo-soul with popular recordings such as “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” and “Lady Day and John Coltrane.” The duo wanted to honor the singer on the ninth anniversary of his passing, also noting the lyrics are relevant today touching on the harsh struggle undocumented immigrants face seeking refuge in the U.S.

The suave Brooklyn-based duo is made up of JAFÉ and DeModa, who worked together as solo artists on their collaboration, “Her(e).” Their debut project under the LUVRS tandem, “Lady,” was released late last year, impressing the blogosphere with its tightly knit indie funk house aura. JAFÉ’S soul cadence and multi-instrumentalist groove combine with DeModa’s swinging indie electro allure, as seen on his “Downtown Glow” track, featuring the smokey vocals of Slow Shudder.