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"Coming down from 2014s Forcefield, a lot of things were changing for us as people. We knew we had music to make but didn't know where it was taking us," the band's Dave Monks said in a statement. "So, with each song, we explored new ways of working and just tried to capture the moment. These EP's let us frame them as honest snapshots rather than a grand statement. With A Lesson in Crime 10 years behind us, it feels like we've tapped back into that off the cuff spirit that brought us together in the first place."
Limited to 300 Copies! Specially First time on vinyl. None other than the vehemently correct, on point being Le Flah veterans Tru Comers– what! What! Here it is! Who doesn’t like’em, them dark, somber, and menacing beats in the best tradition of the golden era? No Prisoners are goin’ to be taken, bwoay!
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Limited to 300 copies! Armed with his unique delivery, gruff voice, and sharp wit, U.G. is well-equipped to do just as he wishes when he hits the booth. Whether on his own or earning critical acclaim as one-half of the Cella Dwellas, the Brooklyn rapper has been a giant amongst the NYC rap underground since '94. And on Portals, his long anticipated solo debut, U.G. proves that his formula for crafting excellence has no expiration date. Portals is a 14-track journey into just what U.G. set out to accomplish—a movie-like atmosphere anchored by well complemented production (entirely from IDE) and extraordinary rapping. That much was evident on lead single, "The Mystic," which is equally eccentric in its wordplay and technical displays as U.G. flows over the creeping instrumental. Elsewhere, the BK spitter taps into his cinematic vision with joints like the harrowing "Might & Magic," and the super-grimy, "Ready for War." Interestingly enough, U.G. credits his movie-like approach with what makes his music so appealing to his fans. "That inner-kid comes out of them when they hear that stuff," he says. "We (U.G. and IDE) are both visual artists as far as our approach to sound is concerned." Beyond the concept, the rapper and producer just love Hip-Hop culture and wanted to represent it right. They may be taking a Boom bap excursion into another dimension—and likely one in a distant galaxy—on Portals, but this is pure, raw, unadulterated Hip-Hop to the bone gristle.
ZAVALA (Alexander Zavala ) is a Chicago based electronic music producer born and raised on the outskirts of Chicago. For the past 15 years Zavala has been creating and defining a unique sound of his own with influences heavily based in golden era hip hop & house. A sound of which is dense in melody & textural soundscapes and is often described as a moody combination of the dark with the blissful, all built on a foundation of analog synthesizers, drum machines & samplers. Zavala first gained recognition in 2010 with his debut "Canciones Modernas" A vinyl only - split 12" W/ Legendary Chicago producer DJ PNS Of The Molemen) released on vinyl-centric Fieldwerk Recordings, a record label co-founded by Zavala. All the while, Zavala began his role as production and 1/2 of the left field hip-hop duo DARK TIME SUNSHINE. The duo combining Veteran MC Onry Ozzborn (of Grayskul/Rhymesayers) gained critical notarity later that year in 2010 with their debut LP "Vessel" released on Fake Four Inc. and subsequently spent the following 5 years touring extensively. Since his debut release in 2010, Zavala has worked very little outside of Dark Time Sunshine with only a few solo releases on labels such as iNSECT RECORDS & Fake Four Inc. as well as remixes for the likes of Aesop Rock, Busdriver & Sister Crayon. Fast fwd to 2015 where you can find Zavala delving into the realm of House music, a genre near & dear, representing a time of musical discovery, youth, the roller rink, and being the essential influence for his melodic explorations and niche. More so than ever you can find Zavala's output steeped in the influence of Chicago house, UKG & Techno. His 2016 Release FANTASMAS is a clear representation of that & yet another reflection of his unique & imaginative vision.
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