A busy year for NYC producer/artist Roberto Lange, 2010 has seen the release of an Epstein full-length, a new Helado Negro EP, a steady stream of remixes, collaborations with Julianna Barwick and visual artist Jonathan Dueck, along with the re-release of much of the Epstein back catalog. To complete the year, Lange unveils his latest project with a unique collection of Epstein works remixed.
The album wanders through the minds of Jaytram (Yeasayer drummer) and Prefuse 73, who were both asked to plunder and ravage the entire Epstein catalog as the source material and pass it through their respective creative processes. These two creators are less worried about a notion of sanctity of the original and instead are visionaries with the material, engineering something previously unimaginable. There are about 1 million adjectives needed to try to cartograph a tangible roadmap to where this record leads, but we would rather you just take your own journey. The record will be available for download on Epstein's Bandcamp for a pay-what-you-want price.
Today, XLR8R premieres the trippy video for "Arrival To New York" of Epstein's still fresh full-length When Man Is Full He Falls Asleep directed by Ryan Dickie.
"Prefuse 73/Jaytram/Epstein" out Dec 13th on Asthmatic Kitty
Like any complete story, this one begins with a birth. Two of them, actually (though one is part and parcel of the other.) Roberto Carlos Lange was born in South Florida in 1980 to Ecuadorean immigrant parents. Epstein, his longtime, deeply-personal solo project, was born 20 years later from the mixtape and the echo button of his Lasonic boombox. Lange, also the leader of Asthmatic Kitty act Helado Negro, was attending the Savannah College of Art and Design and the humidity was pickling the cassette. His ears were sweaty. His left ear was full of his studies--Pierre Schaeffer, David Tudor, and Stockhausen. His right ear was spilling over with extra-curricular listening to O.D.B., Stereolab, Mr. Oizo, The Sea and Cake, Mobb Deep, and Miami electronic music. The combination of both began to seep out of his fingertips, onto his MPC sampler, and the result of all that heat and osmosis was the formation of two distinctive musical entities--one a duo with drummer Matt Crum (Feathers, As Friends Rust, Rocking Horse Winner) called ROM; the other his solo outing as Epstein.
Lange's first Epstein release, a self-titled 12", arrived in 2003 via M3RCK Records. This led to interest from the Beta Bodega label and the development of yet another alias, Boom & Birds, which saw Lange joining forces with Adam Heathcott, owner of Hometapes. Later, Beta Bodega brought Lange onto their roster and proceeded to release the first four Epstein albums in Japan. Thanks to his relationship with Beta Bodega, Lange began collaborating with Guillermo Scott Herren's Prefuse 73, eventually leading him to sign on with Herren's Savath & Savalas as a full-time member.
Despite keeping his hands in multiple projects, including his work with visual artist David Ellis and his stint producing the recent Bear In Heaven record (dubbed by Pitchfork as some of 2009's "Best New Music"), Lange still found time to don his Epstein cape and tights to release four full-lengths, remix folks like Machinedrum, Sawako, Mr. Cooper, and Serengeti & Polyphonic, and tour Japan and Colombia, sharing the stage with South American electronic artists Matias Aguayo and Abe Duque.
Producer IMAKEMADBEATS Releases Free EP As Part One Of Dual-EP Concept Album
Producer IMAKEMADBEATS, who calls both Memphis and Orlando home, is proud to release the free EP Daylight as the first half of his dual-EP concept album Daylight/Nightlight. Daylight/Nightlight takes a deep and honest look at the duality of life, manifested through the stories delivered by collaborators Butta Verses (the man behind Daylight’s lyrical duties who’s best known for his previous collaborative work with De La Soul), and Midaz The Beast, the voice of Nightlight. While the two EPs are being released separately in a radio edited digital format, IMAKEMADBEATS and Doxside Music Group will later release both for sale together in an unedited physical format.
Daylight finds Butta Verses introspectively assessing his life while addressing the positive changes he knows he must make. No stranger to life’s temptations, the Ft. Lauderdale-based emcee is aided by an emotionally charged, soulful IMAKEMADBEATS soundtrack, featuring piano, organ, and guest vocals that figuratively (and sometimes literally) take listeners to church. Songs like “Join Me” and “Awake” explore a more vibrant and upbeat sound, echoing the daylight theme. Later in the EP, slower, more introspective songs like “Hopeless” and “How is Your Soul” fade to darker colors as they approach Nightlight.
Following the dual-EP, IMAKEMADBEATS will drop his self-titled solo debut, featuring Black Milk, Von Pea of Tanya Morgan, Butta Verses, Hezekiah, and more on Doxside Music Group.
Canadian hip-hop legend Maestro Fresh Wes appears on a brand new episode of Tha O Show you won't want to miss! The running time is approximately three hours. If you would prefer to download the podcast it's available HERE (right click to save) or on iTunes (keyword: angrymarks).
Stik Figa And Oddisee Continue To Collaborate, Release Five-Track Free EP
Riding the success of "From The Top," the first single from the Mello Music Group compilation, Helpless Dreamer, and his mini-documentary released earlier this week, Stik Figa is treating fans with the release of the Oddisee produced From The Top, a brand new five-track EP - for free.
The EP starts out with the groovy, funk filled "Hot Mess," with Stik jumping right in the mix, spitting confident barbs while detailing his own dedication to the game as he raps, "I guess you asleep I was busy writing songs/ Turn the mic on, lay a vocal like a pipe bomb." Aside from the brags and boasts, Stik keeps it personal throughout the EP. "This is me, and this is where I'm from, love it or leave it," says Stik Figa. "I'm coming as I am, and this is the music that accompanies that feeling." The Topeka, Kansas rapper addresses funny money issues on "Bucket," while touching on the struggles of life in his hometown on "Running Away." "Topeka is a mid-sized blue-collar conservative city in the mid-west, so as a young black man, my childhood could at times best be described as awkward and isolated," says Stik.
Matching Stik's stylings step for step, Oddisee continues to show off his wide ranging production abilities, utilizing dusty drums and string, horn, and guitar chops throughout to create a multitude of mood-altering backdrop for Stik's musings. "The production Oddisee provides makes these moments fully realized moments," says Stik. "I'm excited for people to hear it, it's somewhat of a coming out party."
Stik Figa and Oddisee will also be releasing their own currently untitled album together in 2011. Stick Figa is also working with long time collaborator D/Will to release their album together titled, Crown & Coke.