Aquakultre shares video for new single, “Lunch”

Aquakultre is back with new single, “Lunch” featuring additional vocals from Joolsannie

Aquakultre, the Halifax, NS-based artist is set to release his new album, Don’t Trip via Forward Music Group and Black Buffalo Records on July 22, 2022. In advance of the release, he has unveiled his single, “Lunch”.

The CBC Searchlight award-winning rapper and neo-soul writer, who has previously scooped Polaris Prize nominations, announced the new record last month with the album-titled track, “Don’t Trip.”

Aquakultre (aka Lance Sampson) is joined by over 20 guests on Don’t Trip, this roll call includes New Jersey hip-hop hero Ransom, South African R&B singer Amarafleur, Toronto-based R&B and pop artist, Tafari Anthony, and Halifax’s Zamani Miller, daughter of Delvina Bernard from legendary a capella group Four The Moment.

The new single arrives as the first song that Sampson and his partner, Julia wrote together. It’s a gorgeous, downtempo, neo-soul/hip-hop number that sways between sampled beats, smoldering synths, and scintillating vocal melodies.

Speaking about the track, Sampson says:

“‘Lunch’ happened pretty organically, and I am so grateful and happy to have Jools on this because it was always a goal of hers to do a song together. “Lunch” is about those moments, those cute dates, those romantic outings together. This song really is about our first date together, listening to records and cooking each other food.”

Despite its massive guest list, Don’t Trip is a deeply personal project. Sampson began working on the full-length follow-up to his breakout album, Legacy, in March 2020 while the pandemic lockdown forced him to remain inside with his family. The album was originally conceptualized as a five-song EP based on the first three weeks of a budding relationship with his partner, Julia when they barely left her bedroom. Eating ice cream and pizza, drinking wine, and listening to Lauryn Hill records was the start of a passionate love affair.

“I called the album Don’t Trip because when Julia and I first met we were both in a place of being tired of looking for someone,” Sampson explains. “Both of us were getting out of exhausting relationships where we had done everything in our power to make them work. Once we met each other, it was like closing that chapter of looking for the right person.”

Watch the video for “Lunch” below, and be sure to stay up to date with Aquakultre via his socials.

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