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.
…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.
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.
For the latest single in our World Around Wednesday series, we’ve got a jazzy banger from special guest Small Professor. Fresh off the release of his insanely dope debut album, Gigantic, Vol. 1, the workaholic producer is moving faster than ever in 2012.
… not that you could tell from this perfectly paced and lushly orchestrated number.The Old Eleven is a showcase of Small Pro’s best traits: a musical ear, an experimental mind, and everything anchored with drums that BANG, in a caps lock kinda way. Dig it.
You can connect with Small Professor on Twitter, Facebook and Bandcamp. He will never let you down. Also, be sure to check out Gigantic, Vol. 1, available on iTunes and Amazon.
For the 9th installment of our World Around Wednesdays series, Algorhythms return with their first track in a year. Open Ended is a psychedelic slice of conceptual rap from one of our founding acts. As they gear up for a summer of touring and writing, they’ve been back at Vault 46, laying out a new set and a series of singles. Expect things to get stranger from here.
The first Algorhythms EP, one of our most downloaded releases, is still free as could be.
World Around Wednesday #8 comes to us from Naturetone, who’s been hard at work finishing Turnings of the Sun — the highly-anticipated followup to his 2010 debut album Nihon. The lead-off single features an appearance from emcee from dumate frontman DLO the Iceman, who drops a conceptual narrative from the sun’s point of view. Check out Stargazing:
Turnings of the Sun will be available via World Around Records later this Spring.
Zilla Rocca - Full Spectrum 2 (L'Orange Remix) feat. Has-Lo & Open Mike Eagle
Mar 13, 2012
The latest single from our resident pulp raconteur Zilla Rocca dropped over at Word Is Bond today, and this time around he’s rolled out a remix of Full Spectrum 2 featuring a beat from the homie L’Orange, who recently made a bunch of noise with his album Old Soul. Check it out:
The track is yet another installment in the impromptu Full Spectrum anthology, which will be released as a single collection via iTunes and other channels in the near future. Stay tuned!
PremRock & Willie Green - Diary of a Dreamer (Man Mantis Remix)
Mar 05, 2012
Friends of the World Around family PremRock & Willie Green released the Reassembled edition of their self-titled debut album today, featuring new interpretations of songs from the 2011 original by a bunch of producers, including greats like Blockhead, Has-Lo and our very own Man Mantis. Check out his version of Diary of a Dreamer:
For World Around Wednesday #7, we’ve got a lush, dark banger from IV the Polymath, providing the canvas for Thirtyseven to unload a Dali rant which ultimately veers into 2 minutes of political science. Check it out:
We were honored to have IV aboard for this one. He’s having a stellar year so far, and this track comes on the heels of his latest record, the highly acclaimed New vs. Old.