Get Up On This With Jensen Karp: Lux Prima

Every Thursday morning Jensen Karp gets us up on something new

March 28, 2019

Every Thursday morning Jensen Karp brings our attention to something that we may not know about yet or something we may have overlooked in the past.

Now it's time to "Get Up On This."

This week, Jensen introduces us to a collaboration album by Danger Mouse and Karen O called ­­­Lux Prima. 15 years ago mashup albums were all the rage and it was partly due to Danger Mouse releasing The Grey Album, which paired Jay-Z’s Black Album and The Beatle’s White Album. He has since gone on to several other music projects including Gnarls Barkley and producing Adele, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, U2, Beck, The Black Keys, Portugal. The Man, Gorillaz, and others. He’s won 6 Grammy Awards and has been nominated 19 times.

Karen O has also had quite a successful career in music as well. She’s the lead singer for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and has also done soundtrack work for the films Where the Wild Things Are and Her. We can agree that individually they are stellar artists with great careers, but what would happen when they collaborated on an entire album?

Lux Prima came about when Karen O cold called Danger Mouse over a decade ago and asked him to start working together. Between their very busy schedules and the fact that neither of them work quickly, it took a while for it to be released, but the results are well worth the wait. In recent interviews, they’ve said that they’re writing songs for a time period, not for a mood or a daily personality and their genre-crossing tracks prove that.

They do their best work when they take big risks. They go further and push the boundaries and a perfect example of that is Turn The Light.

There’s no box that this duo is stuck in. They’re both so versatile that they can make any kind of music that at times it sounds like your pressing shuffle on your phone. They have slower ballads, indie rock songs, and some Motown inspired stuff as well. This one is, Woman and the music video was directed by Spike Jonze during a live performance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

This song is Leopard’s Tongue and it’s just another taste of what you’ll get on the album.

The Album is 9 songs long and just over 40 minutes and we hope it’s not the last time they collaborate because it’s only the tip of the iceberg of what these two artists are capable of creating together. It’s available for download everywhere for you to enjoy.

In addition to the album, they are also opening up an art installation in April here in Los Angeles. It is supposed to be the perfect auditory experience to listen to their music and to Jensen’s dismay seems it’s already sold out.