Hailing from North Carolina, L’Orange is a hip hop producer, musician and writer. His influences include late legends like J Dilla and pioneering jazz vocalist Billie Holiday. Producers Kon Sci, Oddisee and Kev Brown have also heavily shaped L’Orange’s style as a beatmaker and producer. Dedicated to originality, L’Orange imbues his smoky, soul-soaked tracks with lush texture through inventive mixing and psychedelic cuts from classic radio recordings.
A shopworn MPC and vintage vinyl are essentially paintbrush and palette for L’Orange. He finds his signature samples from pre-1950s jazz, soul and radio. He stitches together a sound that acknowledges his penchant for classic film noir and shadowy motifs. L’Orange albums are often cinematic and narrative in structure, exemplifying the artist’s highly conceptual creative process.
Although embracing seclusion when practicing his craft, L’Orange is a highly respected collaborator. As a working producer, L’Orange has collaborated with MCs, vocalists, instrumentalists, spoken word artists, filmmakers and visual artists of different media. For his latest release, The Mad Writer, L’Orange has assembled a distinguished roster of guest artists to populate a new concept album with inspired rhymes and vocal performances from Blu, yU, Has-Lo and Erica Lane. The Mad Writer, to be released November 2012, attests to L’Orange’s ability to unite a wealth of diverse talent under a common creative banner, a mark of a well-respected producer.
While L’Orange is an inspired beatmaker and highly capable producer, it is the perpetual search for beauty in the dark, unusual and forgotten corners of music that make him a true artist. Every L’Orange production is a unique, organic and undeniably original work of art, giving the listener a glimpse of the artist himself, even if obscured slightly by shadow. listen his latest record from album the with cali wordsmith Blu titled ”Alone”