“L-Vis 1990's '12 Thousand Nights' is a small rap masterpiece.”
ROLLING STONE

“L-Vis is back with a banger.”
THE FADER

"This is a testament to L-Vis 1990’s ear for raw talent, and his take-no-prisoners anthem, as he proves he hasn’t lost his touch for helping usher in the next generation.”
PITCHFORK

“L-Vis 1990's 'Yeah Yeah feat. Flohio' is one of our favourite British Rap Tracks Of The Year.”
NOISEY

“One of the UK’s most influential forces.”
HYPEBEAST

“One of the Most Underrated Albums of 2017, few records managed to be as continually surprising as '12 Thousand Nights'. The producer extraordinaire hops from sunny dancehall pop to booty jams with unbelievable speed.”
HIGH SNOBIETY

“L-Vis 1990 has helped shape the direction of underground music, pushing sounds unbounded by genre and always fiercely creative; whether he’s making muscular club music, smooth collaborations with singers, or banging rap tracks.”
PIGEONS & PLANES

"His freshly pressed mixtape '12 Thousand Nights' dances through progressive hip-hop, R&B, dancehall and pop.”
i-D

“12 Thousand Nights is a solid-gold mixtape." 
COMPLEX

"'12 Thousand Nights' is an interesting meeting of cultures and minds, but more importantly, it really, really bangs.”
DJ MAG

"As if the first release wasn’t enough, Night Slugs co-founder L-Vis 1990 returns with a club-ready rework of his high-octane, collaborative mixtape 12 Thousand Nights, and it's deliriously infectious.”
MIXMAG

 

BIOGRAPHY

As L-Vis 1990, Brighton’s James Connolly hasn’t just survived in the volatile world of electronic music, he’s helped shape it.  At the forefront of dance music for over a decade, L-Vis 1990 has left an indelible mark as a progressive producer, artist, DJ, composer, and co-founder of the highly influential label, Night Slugs. By providing an early platform for artists such as Jam City, Egyptrixx, Girl Unit, Kingdom, Lil Silva and Helix, alongside himself and label co-founder Bok Bok, Night Slugs was aptly described by Vice as “re-shaping the

sound of British clubbing", during the label’s 10th Anniversary celebrations last year.  Night Slugs’ cultural impact, combined with L-Vis 1990’s further, visionary-yet-reverent releases on PMR, Island, Mad Decent, Sound Pellegrino, Ultramagic, Monkeytown and Clone Records, have seen him frame a futuristic sound that has gone onto change dance music, not just in the UK, but across the globe.

Cited over and over as a major influence by a new generation of producers, such as 2018 Grammy-winner Mura Masa, L-Vis 1990 is also celebrated by industry stalwarts; with Diplo a long-time champion, and Calvin Harris famously proclaiming L-Vis 1990 is his “favourite DJ.” 

At the end of 2017, L-Vis 1990 boldly expanded his sound with the release of his 12 Thousand Nights Mixtape, via Warp Records.  Exploring hip-hop, RnB, dancehall and afro-bashment, 12 Thousand Nights saw L-Vis further develop his passion for cultivating new voices.  While Rolling Stone hailed the mixtape “a small rap masterpiece”, Pitchfork fittingly noted that it was "a testament to L-Vis 1990’s ear for raw talent”, as the dynamic release exposed the world to a host of emergent UK vocalists, including Flohio, Gaika, Taliwhoah and Mista Silva.  It’s with this same steady hand and unrivalled eye for talent, that L-Vis has also produced music for artists such as Cosha, Lafawndah, Hare Squaed, JGrrey, Jimothy, Juice Menace and NewAgeMuzik.

Always in search of new challenges, and drawing from his formal art school education, in 2018 L-Vis 1990 opened up his gaze to music composition and sound design for brands and, typically for him, they’ve welcomed his visionary touch with open arms.  His consistent connection with his global audience, and unwavering position as one of the pioneers of new music, has given him a competitive edge on existing music and sound design houses.  Providing brands and filmmakers with the inimitable opportunity to work directly with the originator of the sounds they're in search of, L-Vis 1990 quickly found himself in high demand; composing global campaigns for huge brands such as Adidas, Prada, Kenzo,  Cartier, On Running, Equinox, KFC, Audi, Opening Ceremony, Nike, NARS and The North Face. This rapid, organic growth in business led to the natural development of his own house, nineteen90 studio, which he recently announced in-line with his latest Nike campaign featuring Mabel.

Meanwhile, L-Vis 1990 remains at the coalface of electronic music, not just with his productions and artist collaborations, but as a regular on the club and festival circuit.  2018 alone has seen L-Vis 1990 play legendary venues such as Berghain in Berlin and Cakeshop in Seoul, and you’ll also catch him on the summer festival circuit; playing Isle of Wight, Lovebox, Latitude, Reading, Kallida and Electric Picnic.  Those unable to attend his shows, can listen to his infectious mixes here.

 

UPCOMING L-VIS 1990 SHOWS