PR: DIALECTRIX - The Cold Light of Day (Out May 24th, 2013)
Courtesy Obese Records.
With production handled entirely by Plutonic Lab, and cuts by DJ 2Buck, masterful Sydney based MC, Dialectrix presents The Cold Light of Day. The third LP since signing with Obese Records in 2008, lead single ‘New Generation' heralded the album's release almost a year ago, and has anomalously enjoyed month after month of high rotation on triple j in anticipation.
A vernacular acrobat, Dialectrix combines rhythmic precision and variety, with content spawned from cathartic necessity. The album showcases his renowned technical skill and polish, reinforcing his reputation as one of the best in the business.
The triad of skilled musicians set the release apart. All meticulous, slaves to perfection; the trio have found a remarkable wavelength based around shared standards. The result: a transcendent album, that pushes boundaries of genre convention with purpose and conscientiousness.
"Sonically The Cold Light of Day sits alone as being musically diverse, while being rigorously grounded in the settings of traditional Hip Hop." –Dialectrix
Still faithful to their roots, Plutonic Lab and Dialectrix have built on the foundations of traditional hip hop, revolutionising the genre by incorporating live instrumentation and electronic elements. DJ 2Buck's selection of premium cuts always consummately timed, give the album character and scope.
Vocal guests include the legendary Def Wish, P-Smurf (Big Village), Chip Fu, Momo (Diafrix), and a verse from the dexterous 2Buck.
The LP focuses on the many varied themes explored by Dialectrix, each complimented by Plutonic Lab's custom-made soundtrack.
"I keep working with Pluto because we make music like a band. There's a synergy and chemistry we get that you just can't buy or fabricate and I'd consider him one of my best friends." –Dialectrix
In the track ‘Fire in the Blood', there is no ignoring Dialectrix's raw emotion as he wrestles with nature vs. nurture. He relays his deepest fear; passing alcoholism and violence onto his son. Written in an extremely tumultuous period of his life, he has labelled ‘Fire in the Blood' "the most raw and honest track I've ever made". Plutonic sets a melancholy scene with haunting vocals, and angry beats.
‘Take Flight' is a laid-back, vibing number inspired by Dialectrix's travels around Australia. His lyrics reflect on the beauty he has encountered in the places he's been, and people he's met, but also the inherent guilt he feels about enjoying a place which was stolen from its original people. With lounge piano, subtle strings and synth nuances, the track cruises.
Opening track ‘Shadow in the Light', is surmised as one of the artist's personal favourites. Plutonic Lab brings his explosive percussion skills to the forefront and fuses them with syncopated synth sounds, creating a kind of sonic exclamation mark.
Second single and immediate standout ‘Go' flawlessly combines bold indie rock guitar with pulsing beats, propelling Dialectrix's impeccable flow forward. The theme for the track is the inescapable presence of ‘time', racing the clock his flow is exacting and relentless.
The Cold Light of Day is a quality display of true skill and passion. It is safe to say the future of hip hop is safe in the hands of Dialectrix, Plutonic Lab and DJ 2Buck.
"I'd say our music ultimately is thinking music. It's designed to make someone contemplate what's around them, and judge things critically. It's meant to do nothing more than talk about one man's experience in hope of making someone else feel better." –Dialectrix
1. Shadow in the Light
2. New Generation
3. My World
5. Black and Gold
6. Take Flight Ft. Momo (Diafrix)
7. Style Ft. 2Buck + P. Smurf
8. First World Venom
9. Cold Light of Day
10. Fire in the Blood
11. We Ride Beats Ft. Chip Fu + Def Wish
12. No One Believed
13. The Greatest Trick
The EP is 6 tracks long and features stand-out local Minneapolis/St. Paul MCs & Producers; including Psymun, who produced 1/2 of the project. I have facilitated this series by releasing a single the 30th of every month; to stream/download via soundcloud, and KevinNottingham.com.
Audio - Trav Williams: Cinematic (prod. by Skidmatik)
Courtesy Kevin Nottingham.
It’s been a long time coming, but Ft. Lauderdale emcee Trav Williams is ready to make a comeback. First heard in 2008 with his debut project, The Trickle Down, Trav became a fav here at KN… so much, in fact, that we invited him to record to our Illmatic remix project and dub it IllTravis in 2009. Four years and a few mixtapes later, Trav Williams is gearing up to drop P.O.E. (Preponderance of the Evidence). Similar to IllTravis, P.O.E. is a flip on a classic 90s album — Jay-Z’s Reasonable Doubt.
Audio: J Wyze, NewBreecMC, Vinnie Diablo - "I Got the Word"
Lyrics are at a premium on "I Got the Word". 3 of Toronto's most versatile MC's display true artistic genius and creativity explaining what they do with The Word when they have it in their possession. We see J Wyze taking it and training words for the circus and the Olympics, NewBreedMC juggling them like dime bags on the block and Vinny Diablo using them to pierce into the hearts of lost souls. Kolor Browns production highlighted by high energy drum kicks and dreamy synths provides the real narrative brings each word to life.
Audio: Endemic f/ Tragedy, Top Dog, Supreme - "NY Untouchables"
Courtesy Tom @ No Cure.
Endemic releases a brand new banger entitled "NY untouchables" featuring Tragedy Khadafi, Top Dog [of OGC] & Supreme [of BCC], The cut is to appear on his new mixtape "Quarantine" dropping May 27th. Hard hitting drums and a string laden atmosphere is backed with superior lyrics and flow from three of the legends in the game.
Since the release on his 21st Birthday of his official debut with Hypomanic Productions, spoken word artist, poet and MC Just Muz has not looked back. Building on the support received from Radio One's Rob Da Bank and MOBO winner Akala to name a few, this year has yielded sponsorship from the Jersey Arts Trust and an invitation to attend the BBC Introducing Masterclass 2013 at Maida Vale Studios in London.
Audio: A-1 - "Summertime Sadness" (Prod. Ryan Hemsworth)
Courtesy Audible Treats.
Upon hearing a remix of Lana Del Rey's "Summertime Sadness" by Canadian DJ and producer Ryan Hemsworth, San Francisco based rapper A-1 knew the track was perfectly suited to his unexpectedly somber reminiscing on real life summertime experiences. With a production style that he describes as piling "a whole bunch of aggressiveness and energy on top" of an already gloomy record, the Hemsworth remix allowed A-1 to explore themes of unrest, crime and violence among young people in the city that are often amplified by the brutal heat, long days and ample free time that summer provides.
After receiving wide praise for a series of instrumental EPs, Psymun releases his debut album with Damacha, Serious Sauce Volume 3. The project features an extensive variety of contemporary music, ranging from soulful experimental electronica to gutter hood-rat hip hop. SSV3 was produced, written, recorded, mixed and mastered all within a six month period.
SSV3, which is being released on MJ MJ Records, features guest appearances from a small flock of accomplished Twin Cities rappers and vocalists, including Unfuh Qwittable, Rich Garvey, Chantz Erolin, 80H2O, K.Raydio, Bohemian Wolff, Prizm, & Sophia Eris.