Record Label: (iN)Sect Records
Reaganometry aka Reagan VanMatre and Butcher Bear aka Butch Webster, come to you from deep inside the TEXAS border. Born and raised in Temple and Austin, respectively, they have been pushing the envelope separately and together for the last 12 years. They met while working in the group Attack Formation, and went on to write and release 3 LPs with that group. Since then, they have been creating electronic sound scapes that focus on the ethereal, Reaganometry, and the dark chords filled with fierce drum blasts, Butcher Bear.
Their new split LP, entitled “R&B”, is the first vinyl offering from both of these guys. The music inside this package is night and day between the two of them. Instrumental experimental music with a Bear on one side and an ex-president at the helm who is dreaming in color on the other. Highlights include a cover of another (iN)sect artist, “GFY” written by California Party Girls with Butch flipping the drums from the as-yet- unreleased ‘all-drum’ LP by another Texas man, AADM OUR HATLEY. Reaganometry provides extra keys on side “BB”, while Butcher Bear offers some extra guitar work on the “R” side. This is a mind-bender but a truly solid offering from TEXAS
This marks their first vinyl release together. And it’s on black wax. Photography by Exclamation Marc Artwork by RECSPECT
This Fat Beats exclusive bundle features the LP and flexidisc 7" test pressings, limited to 10 hand-stamped copies. Fat Beats Records is proud to present Baker’s Dozen, an exclusive vinyl series that shines a light on the best minds of instrumental hip-hop, ambient, and electronic music. Each installment gives one artist carte blanche to capture their signature sound. Every volume’s 500-unit, strictly limited vinyl pressing features one artist and twelve tracks, but only 250 units will contain the thirteenth track -- the eponymous “baker’s dozen bonus” -- on a flexi disc. The LPs also come equipped with a 5x7” postcard insert that features a photo of the artist’s workspace along with the equipment used in their music-making process. Visually cohesive and packaged with the utmost attention to detail, Baker’s Dozen is a series that speaks up for artists whose craft renders voices superfluous, whose instrumentals alone suffice to make a statement. Volume One highlights Los Angeles born / Sacramento based beat maker Dibiase, whose style is best described in his own words: “It’s crazy to think that my equipment collection and beat making process started back in high school with just an 8 second Gemini sampler and a Sony Walkman. It was a super basic set up. Back then I used whatever I could get my hands on. Finding different samples, looping them up, running the layers back through the Walkman. Adding more layers and repeating that process until I had a beat. It worked. My process is a lot different now but in some ways it’s the same. I still do a lot of layering. I use a combination of hardware and software. Sometimes I start with a sample. Sometime I start with drums. It depends on my mood and the genre. Sometime I use a kit. Other times I will sample and layer drums, run them through another piece of equipment like the SP-12 or 404 to dirty them up, then dump them back into Ableton. I really don’t have a set way of doing things musically. I like to experiment with different technics and styles. I like my music to have a certain sound. Most of the time I let the process happen naturally.”
From the moment you hear the bristling boom-bap chorus on album-opener "Totally Mutual Feeling," it's apparent that Lushlife's third full-length finds the Philadelphia rapper-producer at his most introspective. Themes of isolation and mortality permeate Ritualize, a cinematic hour-long odyssey co-produced by enigmatic production trio, CSLSX (pronounced "Casual Sex") and featuring contributions from Ariel Pink, Killer Mike, Marissa Nadler, RJD2, and more. With CSLSX at the boards, an entire universe opens up for Lush, where the pulsating Juno synths of '80s LA night music sit side-by-side with gorgeously propulsive indie-leaning jams, and low-fi soul burners too. The resulting LP is a post-blog-era joint that seems to exhale the whole of the 20th century in a single, fascinating breath.
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