hip-hop

Dälek Announces Tour Dates

Just after the recent release of their album Asphalt to Eden, progressive hip-hop trio Dalek announces a set of tour dates.

They will be performing at a few isolated events including the Northside Festival on June 9th at Saint Vitus in Brooklyn and a New York themed affair in Paris on July 9th. Subsequently, they will be taking the stage in Seattle, Portland, Sacramento, Oakland, Los Angeles, Phoenix and Chicago. 

Skilled jugglers, the men were able to prepare for the tour and remix Publicist UK’s “Telegraphing,” currently available on Noisy.

The website states: "The original version is a slice of upbeat, almost poppy post-punk with dynamic dual vocals that appeared on taken off Publicist UK's most recent album, 2015's Forgive Yourself. When given the Dälek remix treatment, though, it becomes utterly transformed, stretched out into a discordant opium haze, peppered with electronic blips and menacing subsonic frequencies. The pretty parts get dark, and the dark parts get weird."

Throwing another ball in the toss, Dalek linked with Elektron to create the Dalek Soundscapes Sound pack, a collection of songs produced during the making of Asphalt to Eden but not included in the final copy. This package seams the last thread of Dalek’s collection in regard to the album and is a testimony to the group’s vigorous work ethic and signature aesthetic. 
Emerging from their DIY scene in the late 90’s, they’re eccentricity manifests most in their full-length albums:  Gutter Tactics (2009), Abandoned Language (2007), Absence (2005), From Filthy Tongue of Gods and Griots (2002), and Negro Necro Nekros (1998), all released through Ipecac Recordings. Dalek supported these albums on tour for a decade and have performed with many influential artists including, but not limited to  KRS One, Tomahawk, The Melvins, TOOL, Grandmaster Flash, Jesu, Dillinger Escape Plan, Pharcyde, RJD2, DeLa Soul, Prince Paul, Lovage, ZU, Black Heart Procession, Gaslamp Killer, Earth, Flying Lotus, The Bug, Mastodon, and Fantomas. 

After taking a break from the tour, virtuoso and producer, DJ Dalek revived the group during Spring of 2015, creating a new line-up consisting of DJ rEk who works the turn-tables and co-producer Mike Manteca who manages samplers and effects. The trio united to share their original, experimental sub-hip-hop genre through their long anticipated album, Asphalt for Eden. 

DÄLEK, ON TOUR:
June 9  Brooklyn, NY @ St. Vitus (Northside Festival)
July 8  Paris, FR @ Le Centquatre
July 15  Seattle, WA @ Highline
July 16  Portland, OR @ Analog Lounge
July 17  Sacramento, CA @ Starlite Lounge (Fuck Monday Fest)
July 18  Oakland, CA @ Golden Bull
July 19  Los Angeles, CA @ Complex
July 20  Phoenix, AZ @ Yucca Tap Room
July 23  Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s

Listen to “Telegraphing” at the following here, and Dalek’s Soundscapes Sound Pack here.


DÄLEK: Website // Faceboo

Kinnecom Launches Two Singles

Raleigh, North California’s alternative hip-hop artist, Kinnecom launched two new singles, “Feels Like Warfare” and “Icy Hills (Featuring Donovan McCray)” in promotion of his upcoming mixtape, Rain!

The mixtape also features Spaceman Stuu, Ferrari2Wavy, KLE, Raxz, and CloudyNueve. Kinnecom states: "Rain is the honest soundtrack to being on your own in the city, struggling to make it. The harsh winters, the chaotic traffic, the isolation within the heavy population. This mixtape is an anthem to overcoming self doubt and choosing your own destiny."

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Rain Tracklist:
1. Skyscrapers Shake
2. Hopeless Era
3. The Underground, The Nameless (Feat Spaceman Stuu) 
4. Feels Like Warefare
5. Calm Down
6. Stuck In My Thoughts (Feat Ferrari2Wvy) 
7. Blink (Feat KLE) 
8. Standing Right Here (Feat Raxz) 
9. My Eyes
10. Swim [Remix] (Feat CloudyNueve) 
11. Icy Hills (Feat Donovan McCray)

Emerging from Imminence Records, Kinnecom has been writing and producing music since a very young age. He’s written and recorded several albums, his solo instrumental album recorded in 2011 generating Kinnecom recognition from artists all over the country which brought him to collaborate on an album with Drew Fulk and land his first record deal with Indianola Records during his term with former hardcore band, Wealth in Water.

Once the group broke up in 2013, Kinnecom and a few members assembled to form Motiv (formally known as Motvational), hit the road twice for two national tours and recorded their debut album mid-2014. During that time, Kinnecom prepared and released his full length debut album, Virtual Gravity. The album plays as a cinema and marks Kinnecom with a signature, organic presence within the music industry. It’s beautifully woven with poetic rap lyrics, synthetic vocals, and his story, perspective on social issues, and uphill battles.

The music also delivers inspirational messages to his audience. Through Imminence Records, Kinnecom released Virtual Gravity November 18th and his sophomore album, Motion Sickness on October 30th.  

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Kinnecom: Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // Tumblr

TK The Architect Reveals New Album

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On April 29, 2016, New York, lyricist and multi-instrumentalist TK The Architect celebrates his first and independently released alternative hip-hop & R&B album, Blue Season, with a show at Bar Matchless alongside Feather+Eyes, Hunter and Wolfe, and Light Craft and accompanied by his supporting band, The Get Back Kids. 

The LP fluidly fuses the cacophonous delivery of TK The Architect’s rap verses with under-toning smooth symphonic soulful grooves and live instrumentation, primarily played by himself.  It is also a direct reflection of himself, mirroring his upbringing, music history, and surroundings. Growing up in a bilingual home in New York, TK (born Zach Takayuki Zanghi) was raised by his Japanese mother and Italian father. This mixture of cultures became an essential aspect of his identity and his ability to bridge words was crucial to the development of some of his lyrics. His musical background also played a significant role in both the creation of Blue Season and in the development of himself as an artist. He’s been an instrumentalist since the age of nine and has toured as a guitar tech/stage manage where he adopted the name TK, an abbreviation of his middle name. 

Blue Season does not encompass all of his productivity, though. After touring, he earned a dual degree while releasing several DIY projects, his most recent being Life in Stereo. He’s also founded CON TEMPLATE, a collective of artists, musicians, and other creatives. He advocates for youth talent in his neighborhood by arranging and booking festivals for them in the local community. 

Blue Season not only depicts TK’s full range or work ethic and artistic capability, it also reflects the most common human experiences by communicating his experiences through quality lyrics and reverberations. 

Track List
1.  Blue (Intro)
2. Result of the Fire
3. Shore Somewhere (Interlude) 
4. Water
5. Wait Up Slow Down
6. OGOGOG (Interlude)
7. Current Passing
8. Peace of Mind
9. If You Can
10. Blue (Reprise)




“I genuinely feel that no one could have made this record but me,” TK says, “This is the first time I found a way to connect everything I do, as a musician/producer and as an MC.”

For more on TK The Architect, or what's going on, check out the links below!

TK The Architect: Website // Facebook // Twitter // Instagram

 

Oxymorrons Release Remix

Blooming from the crevices of Queen’s concrete, alternate-urban hip-hop and pop pentad K.I., Deee, drummer, Marty Mayz, guitarist, Adam November, and guitarist, Joe Jordan, collectively known as Oxymorrons, afforded the world happy holidaze on 4/20 after debuting “Hello Me” (Colino Fresh Remix) shortly before their show with Waka Flocka Flames at Webster Hall in New York City. The group’s name epitomizes the dynamic of their sound.

The hard delivery of their hip-hop punchlines, ran away or preceded by smooth, synthetic vocals, layering mild loops of the accompanying instrumental, is often interrupted by cacophonous, glorious percussive reverberation. This is most evident in their song, “808 Clap;” Their rap verses ride womanly operatic vocals, the repetition of the phrase “808 Clap,” occasional bass kicks and claps, and at the end of the tune, the heavenly strumming of harp playing overlaying the singing drapes a blanket of flowers over the gravel and grime of their flow. 

Their contrasting artistic style has classified their music as an entire spherical force of its own, rolling them into the direction of success, magnetizing the desire for collaborations from well acclaimed artists such as Travie McCoy, Saba, Marian Hill, Pharrell Williams, and Wynter Gordon. It has also led to band partnerships with companies such as RedBull, Rocawear, Converse, DeadBolt, Karmaloop, and Modify Watches. 

Their all-encompassing, organic modus operandi in “Hello Me” (Colino Fresh Remix) and has set many stages ablaze including those which the band played on alongside Outkast, Gym Class  Heros, Ludacris, and Common. Check out the mesmerizing track in the link below: 

The original, and a song that will be in their upcoming EP, Complex But Basic (anticipated release for later this year by Tommy Boy Entertainment), “Hello Me,” can be purchased on iTunes, or can serve as mood music for their custom online video game on their website!

Upcoming Shows: 
Apr 26 - Knitting Factory - New York, NY (w/Mr. Lif)
Jun 4-5 - Free Press Summer Festival - Houston, TX
**more dates TBA

Keep Up With Oxymorrons by following them online!

Oxymorrons: Website // Facebook // Twitter // Instagram // Youtube