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NEW RELEASE. MONGRELS. ATTACK THE MONOLITH

Publicat in: 23.06.2016, 06:46AM
Autor: Richard Constantinidi
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Etichete: Attack The Monolith, Invisible Spies, Kid Acne, Mongrels, Sebastian Laws
NEW RELEASE. MONGRELS. ATTACK THE MONOLITH

Artist: MONGRELS

Title: ATTACK THE MONOLITH

Label: Invisible Spies

Digital Release Date: Out Now

Vinyl Release Date: 1st July 2016


"Where you been son? We been listening to Steam Punk. Program drums like it ain't never been done / 

Watch reruns of the first season and breeze through your region with a whole legion". 

 

MONGRELS are (emcee) Kid Acne and (deejay) Benjamin. The duo joined forces through a shared love of hip-hop and graffiti in the mid 1990's back when Benjamin was making pause-button tapes on a pair of belt-drive decks and young Kid Acne was genuinely a spotty teenager. MONGRELS self-released their first 7" 'Slingshots' in 1997 before becoming part of a larger recording collective known as TOAH DYNAMIC, releasing two studio albums and a string of EP's.MONGRELS’ follow up 7" came in the form of 'Fresh Arrangements' in 2002. This era also saw the release of three Kid Acne solo albums ('Rap Traffic''Council Pop' and 'Romance Ain't Dead') with Benjamin deejaying while they toured supporting the likes of Flying LotusEL-P and Antipop Consortium. In 2008 they went on a hiatus.

Since then MONGRELS’ music lay dormant though a recent discovery of early demos and half-finished material inspired the lifelong friends to resume where they left off. 

 

"The desire to make music never leaves you. But, sometimes it's good to take a break in order to get a fresh perspective. In many ways, this is the record we wanted to make twenty years ago. It's got an honest, old school feel but hopefully the additional life experience has helped to add more depth to the content of the lyrics and production whilst retaining the integrity and DIY ethos of that initial teenage mindset."  

 

A couple of these early demos happened to feature Sebastian Laws of the psych-rap group NEW KINGDOMAcne and Sebash met in Brooklyn ten years ago and would hang out whenever he visited the Big Apple. 

 

"As teenagers, New Kingdom had a profound effect on us. Although we were living worlds apart, their music was something we could relate to and gave us a sense of belonging. We felt blessed to work with Sebash so it was a shame this material ended up sat in a shoebox for almost a decade. Once we'd made the decision to start recording again however, we picked up where we left off and collaborated on the rest of the album together. Sebash is an honorary member of MONGRELS now". 

 

Alongside Acne's dry wit and Sebash's inimitable tones, Attack The Monolith’ also features guest appearances from UK heavyweights, Juice Aleem (New Flesh / Gamma) and Lord Rao (Strange U). The album has been mixed and mastered by fellow Sheffield resident, Dean Honer (Moonlandingz / Eccentronic Research Council). Musically, the album is a sonic assault harking back to rap’s glory days thanks to Benjamin's no nonsense production and extensive archive of breaks. This isn’t an exercise in reliving the past, it celebrates a culture that’s become as mainstream as rock, soul and pop. Acne’s lyrics are full of whimsy yet pack the punch of a battle emcee. The combination of his rhymes and Benjamin's beats are a musical marriage made in hip-hop heaven, rooted firmly in the present.


Track List:

1. FULL MOON / HALF MOON 

2. ZODIAC ROCKERZ (feat. Sebash

3. DUPPY CONQUEROR 

4. MAN FROM ATLANTIS (feat. Sebash & Juice Aleem

5. AZTEC FUTURISTIC (feat. Sebash

6. HE WALKS BAREFOOT (feat. Sebash

7. YOU DIG RAPS? Pt. 2 (feat Sebash & Lord Rao

8. COMBAT DIVERS (feat. Sebash

9. DRAGON CADILLACS (feat. Sebash

10. UNDERGROUND DWELLERS (feat. Sebash & Lord Rao

11. SKELETON DRUMS (feat. Sebash

12. FULL OF REGRETS (feat. Sebash)



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