Lilacs & Champagne is a side task begun in the first 2010s by Alex Hall and Emil Amos, founding associates of Portland, Oregon experimental instrumentalists Grails. Functioning mainly with an Akai MPC sampler, they forged their audio with a bottom of eclectic examples from off-kilter resources such as for example thrift store information and radio static. The duo cited the creation varieties of hip-hop legends J-Dilla and Madlib as their primary inspirations for the task. True with their instrumental use Grails, these sample-heavy collages had been done with live instrumentation as well as the digesting of combined noises. Lilacs & Champagne worked well diligently on these studio room recordings, which culminated within their self-titled debut recording on indie imprint Mexican Summer time in early 2012. Danish & Blue, which aptly plenty of drew from Scandinavian porn movies and past due-’60s cult movies, arrived a 12 months later. Functioning quickly, Lilacs & Champagne came back in early 2015 with third recording Midnight Features, Vol. 2: Produced Flesh, a far more refined assortment of their increasingly unique pastiche of hip-hop affects and psychedelic discovered sounds.