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Hypothetical Questions and Rhetorical Conversations

by Lumis

Original instrumental tunes & carefully selected samples swimming in a sea of experimental trip-hop, psychedelic hip-hop, acid-jazz, sample-adelic turntable-icious electro-funk.
Genre: Electronic: Funk
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1. Who Are You
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2. interlude 1: All the Facts
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3. Over There
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4. 49
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5. Le Regazze Colorate
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6. Love Poem?
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7. Feel It
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8. Got No Sign
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9. Bad Habit
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10. interlude 2: It's Rhetorical!
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11. Solid
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12. Mid Fall
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13. Full Moon X
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14. Set It Off
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15. interlude 3: Too Many Questions
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Lumis believes that the art of music is alive and thriving. Born in Minneapolis and raised in San Diego, he has been playing records since he was old enough to say "turntables." After a national tour with The Meg Lee Chin Experience, and a guest appearance on the 2002 Pigface album EASY LISTENING... (Meg's mates on Ministry mastermind Martin Atkins' label), Lumis felt it was time to get serious about the music game, made the move to Los Angeles, and became an emcee. Numerous collaborations with some of the finest up-and-coming artists in the local scene led to several eclectic albums, the proof of which can be found on record store shelves and in used bins everywhere.

In early 2006, Lumis put out the mixtape CD called WHERE THE SHADOWS RUN and remastered/re-released his 1999 mixtape CD A DOWNTEMPO DAYDREAM. In late 2006, Lu released his first solo record, HYPOTHETICAL QUESTIONS AND RHETORICAL CONVERSATIONS. It's a self-produced album of original instrumental tunes & carefully selected samples swimming in a sea of experimental trip-hop, psychedelic hip-hop, jazzy, downtempo, turntable-icious electro funk.

His next instrumental project 6 MILES FROM THE KUIPER BELT was released in late 2009 to critical acclaim, and his first vocal LP entitled SETTLE THE SCORE: THE LUMIS LP dropped in 2010.

His solo act defies traditional stereotyping, as this b-boy raps and freestyles while he's scratching, simultaneously ripping up the turntables and the microphone. Lumis commands the stage with a lil' funk, a lil' fusion, and a lotta soul. So come prepared to throw your L's up!


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Lily Emeralde & Emma Dyllan for \"Phosphorescence Magazine\"

One very cool, inventive sound
\"Out of Los Angeles, California, comes the 2006 release \"Hypothetical Questions and Rhetorical Conversations\" by DJ Lumis. This Turntablist\'s music has been described as \"Experimental, Hip-Hop, Trip-Hop, Acid-Jazz, Downtempo,\" and the best of the adjectives, \"Sample-adelic Turntable-icious Electro Funk.\" What it boils down to is one very cool, inventive sound.

The CD consists of 15 self-produced instrumental tracks interspersed with cutting, scratching, and mixing vocals with a synthesis of natural and manmade resonance. The common thread throughout is awesome beats. Track 1, \"Who Are You,\" asks the big questions and informs us that, \"Every now and then you have to go off so you can know you\'re on.\" Another standout is \"Got No Sign,\" which weaves the tale of Jim, a homeless man into whose life \"came a man with no sign.\" This imaginative drama entwines the astrological signs with the characters and is impressively creative. Track 11, \"Solid\" features straight-up great dance music that insists upon movement in the listener.

As well as self-producing his own CDs, Lumis has many album credits with various groups, and is currently working on a start-up record label, production company, DJ service, & promotional site called In Life We Spin. Visit the site at www.inlifewespin.com.

Rating: **** Pretty Darn Good!\" --Lily Emeralde and Emma Dyllan

Latitude 32º

mellow, melodic beats with an old school touch
Ah we love electronic funk. We really do. Local boy DJ Lumis, who's real name we obviously don't know cause that's a DJ thing I guess sent us his latest solo cut, "Hypothetical Questions and Rhetorical Conversations." That's a mouthful. But as the blend of hip-hop and down tempo DJing blends closer and closer together you get guys like Lumis. Cutting and mixing repetitive samples with mellow, melodic beats with an old school touch here and there. So really he's not just a scratcher like a lot of DJ's who sit behind their turntables and ride the vinyl. But out there behind the mixing console and keyboard cutting it up.

The man is a busy man as well. Having toured with such acts as the Meg Lee Chin Experience and finding residencies at such clubs as The Gig on Melrose and The Room in LA, Lumis is also working two other projects...

As a solo artist though I have to say that the man is a prodigy musical genius. Hypothetical Questions and Rhetorical Conversations is a 15 track album with flawless mixing and comes with a really big chill factor. Being solo he's played a number of the notable venues, The Roxy, The Knitting Factory, House of Blues, Zen Sushi to name a few. He's also move to production and promotions, starting his website InLifeWeSpin.com, where he provides a "one stop shop" for recording, productions, DJ services and promotions for new talent. Apparently there's also been talk of a clothing line.

Lumis is definitely running on all 8 cylinders and there just seems to be no stopping the man. Constantly gigging every other day of the month as a solo act and with his other two projects he's really ready to explode to the next level.

-- by Will O. at Latitude 32º