Spending most of 2019 as a feature fixture (and getting his first placement on Showtime’s The L Word), Ricky Lake is now ready to claim some shine of his own. The woozy debut of The Mother 966 was just a taste of the moody and ominous pop-rap world Ricky Lake built for his most cohesive project yet, Last Summer Sucked, out today on Text Me Records.
Turning beloved teenage influences (N.E.R.D., Blink-182, Crystal Castles) into dark and delicate trap, Last Summer Sucked is Ricky’s self-indulgence on wax. But through the haze, he finds some clarity on the shining production lent by some of his label cohorts for this pendulum swing of reflections — at times he’s in the fast lane (“Princess Diana”) and armed with bottle in hand (the Michael Sneed-assisted “Gone in July”) but as he exits, Ricky ruminates on regrets and lost loves on “Sailor Moon” and single “Subtweets for You.”
Catch him perform cuts from the record at Bender’s Bar and Grill as the headliner for Text Me x Noise Pop Happy Hour on Friday, February 28.
Ricky Lake, Basi, Jay Casio
Benders Bar and Grill
Friday, February 28