L.B. Dub Corp
This One’s For Elijah
19th June 2020
You Got To
Walk To The Mountain And See
Luke Slater adopts his L.B. Dub Corp moniker for a four-track release on Mote-Evolver with all proceeds being donated to the Elijah McClain Foundation.
You never know what’s going to hit you hardest on a personal level. The whole world has been shaken in recent weeks by visions of racism, authoritarianism and oppression – but among the names chanted by protestors, it was Elijah McClain’s story in particular made Luke Slater sit up and take notice. The 23 year old from Aurora, Colorado, died in August last year after being subdued and sedated after being reported by a 911 caller as looking “sketchy” while simply walking home from a convenience store.
There was something about McClain that sparked a pang of recognition in Slater. Partly it was just fellow-feeling for a keen musician and misfit – McClain had taught himself to play guitar and violin in childhood, which is no small feat, and his mother Sheneen called him “a child-like spirit, not conditioned to the norms of America… He lived in his own little world. He was never into, like, fitting in. He just was who he was.” Partly too it’s that his case had gone unrecognised at the time, just another senseless snuffing out of life for being the wrong colour in the wrong place at the wrong time. Slater wanted to help if he could, but also to shine a light on the case.
Thus This One’s for Elijah. It’s a fundraiser for Sheneen McClain’s Foundation, but also an emotional response. The jacking house of “You Got To” and the slow electro funk of “Body Groove” both have a heads-down sense of determination to them, while the flowing techno of “Walk to the Mountain and See” and the 11-minute “Rain Coming” are elegiac, perhaps even with a sense of spiritual freedom. A lot of difficult questions have been asked about music and its place in troubled times recently, but for Slater this has brought something home: music was vital to Elijah McClain, and so, while it is a highlighting of injustice, and an attempt to help a grieving mother, this release is above all else a celebration of a creative soul.
*Text by Joe Muggs
All proceeds of the ‘This One’s For Elijah’ release will be donated to the Elijah McClain Foundation.
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