We’re honored to host Cincinnati, Ohio producer / composer Waldo for this second installment of the Single Series, his uplifting instrumental “Home Again.” This is dirty, catchy and soaring work from an artist we’ll be featuring more of in the near future.
Word is Bond: “…the kind of track so full of vitality, from it’s energetic break beat to its lark-song like horns and woodwind, that would make a wholesome breakfast if it were composed of micronutrients and not transduced sound waves and such. Think of your favourite instrumental interlude from a Dexter Wansel LP, or any funk-soul record of the era, and you’ll get an idea of what Waldo is channeling with this seasonal composition.”
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These songs and instrumental pieces were collected between the dark winter of 2010 and late 2012 during fleeting, infrequent interactions with the rap hermit/electrician who goes by the name of Adam Kadmon.
Running at under sixteen minutes, there doesn’t appear to be any traditional “sampling” on the EP — only psychedelic vocal and synth manipulations, oscillating between avant-garde hip hop and veritable classical motifs offered up as interludes. The lyrics are as good as ever if you can catch the loose, symbolic and serpentine narratives. Yet, the original man, behind the mask, still remains a mystery.
Still, Adam Kadmon promises us: new music looms. In the confines of his new studio shelter, experimentation is ongoing and writing never stops. We expect to have a second serving of these unique flavors in early 2015.
From mitochondria to militaries, from your breakfast to your bloodstream, FDR’s first single is a song about the slaughterhouse we take for granted because we live in it every day. Featuring Godforbid (That Handsome Devil) and Thirtyseven (Wombaticus Rex) summoning demons over a driving Louis Mackey beat, this is a blues rap meditation on The Way of All Flesh.
That cosmic cover art is courtesy of Californian illustrator Michael Salas, who generally works with death/speed/thrash metal bands. We think he is completely awesome and we’re grateful he exists. FDR’s first EP is available now, featuring production by Louis Mackey and Dr. Quandary: “Fear of Death and the Need for Reproduction.”
“A gorgeous slice of Americana tinged hip hop.” - Word is Bond
This EP features a cast of All Bad People: with Godforbid (That Handsome Devil) and Thirtyseven (Wombaticus Rex) trading verses while Dr. Quandary (Algorhythms) and Louis Mackey (DJ Multiple Sex Partners) oversee the production. The project was mastered to perfection by Walter Westinghouse for NEKtones here in beautiful Burlington, Vermont.
Algorhythms - "Dreams of Lisbon (Suplington Remix)"
Mar 19, 2014
We’ve been fans of Suplington for a long time. He’s intricate, distinctive, and omnivorous on the instrumentals. This is why we asked him to provide the jumpoff track for our last volume in the We Are World Around series. This is why we asked him to bring us something dope & unexpected for the fan favorite Algorhythms track, Dreams of Lisbon.He delivers the goods.
…and right on schedule, we’re back. Our traditional New Years Day celebration/compilation is heavy on instrumental tracks and melancholy funk, this time around. This also represents the first compilation that was curated by our new Benevolent Dictator, Lou Mackey.
Allegedly a preview cut from the eternally forthcoming SQUIDTAPE project, this smooth slice of synth soul is a simple recipe that works: Hump Jones giving sly confessionals over DJ Squid production. If it ain’t broke…
The rap game Sam Spade … returns with Has-Lo and Open Mike Eagle for “Full Spectrum 2.” Maybe the best part of the rise of otherground rap is the demise of the mean-mugs that dogged every old video. Not everyone can be Roc Marciano. After all, rap is rooted in the summer jam, and this might be one of the most joyous clips any of these three have released. … Philadelphia in the blazing sun, cold beers, red brick buildings and backyards play the backdrop. Cool as a menthol. Mike Eagle closes with the John Tenta finishing move.
In honor of the video, Zilla compiled the different versions of Full Spectrum into a single release. The Full Spectrum EP includes the original track and sequel produced by Dr. Quandary, along with remixes from Man Mantis and L’Orange. Even if you’ve heard it all before, it’s definitely worth checking out for Man Mantis’ second remix, which was previously unreleased. You can wait for the iTunes release later this week, or snag it for free for a limited time on Bandcamp.
Thirtyseven: I spent a long, weird, formative year listening to only two albums: Tool’s Aenema and Alaskan Fishermen’s underground classic, Fire and Ice. I was living outside Asheville, North Carolina — word to Mars Hill! — and walking precisely 2.4 miles every day to get coffee, talk to humans, and steal Internets from the local college.
I’m not entirely insane. Del the Funky Homosapien thought it was a dope album, too. Alaskan Fishermen, that is, not Tool: I have no idea how Del feels about Tool and I don’t need to know, either. Right from the opening track, the album was balls-out, rewind-worthy, non-stop bars.
Meanwhile, I was writing the songs for the first Wombaticus Rex project, Live from Islamabad. The influence is there if you listen for it: the flow patterns, the imagery, and the callous disregard for whether or not the casual listener can follow along.
Years down a tangled & twisted road, and BOY HOWDY: I am one of the only featured guests on the second Alaskan Fishermen album. It matters to me, yet to most folks, it won’t mean a thing. That’s beautiful. I hesitate to offer any Life Lessons based on this small achievement, but the moral of the story is clear…Fuck the Dumb. Focus on what you know is great. Don’t ever stop working.