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Billa Bronx’s ‘Lithium’ is a tape-driven jungle anthem driven by rebellious mourning. It is the last material to be released by Astro Nautico co-head Bennett Kuhn under the Billa Bronx moniker.

'Lithium' was born out of emotional extremes. Kuhn recorded the track during the 2012 Father Forgive EP sessions, a time when music became a drug of sorts — part medicine, part poison — used for modulating moods, defying numbness, and revolting against the fate of losing a parent to ALS. The Billa Bronx recordings were improvised using hardware synthesizers, a loop pedal, and 1999 breakbeat editing software and recorded in single takes. Today the raw kinetics of these sessions appear an Icarian flight: just months after composing them, Kuhn was twice hospitalized and diagnosed with type-II bipolar disorder.

Releasing ’Lithium’ six years later attests to the moments of precarity and pain in between as well as ongoing work of re-inheritance and becoming in affinity with other psychiatric survivors, ex-patients, allies, and grieving people. With commitment to the thought that music can play a central role in ongoing health justice movements everywhere, ‘Lithium’ is dedicated to Kuhn’s co-organizers at the Creative Resilience Collective, a health justice and design group based in Philadelphia.

‘Lithium’ is available now as a digital single or bundled with limited-run screen-printed Billa Bronx t-shirts featuring original artwork by Bennett Kuhn.

Note: Recognizing that black British immigrants from Jamaica and the West Indies were progenitors of jungle culture, gross proceeds from this release will be donated to a travel fund offering cultural exchange opportunities to youth internationally. (uccollab.org)


released May 25, 2018

original music produced, written and recorded by Bennett Kuhn.
artwork by Bennett Kuhn.
mastered by Sam Obey.


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