Tuesday, 27 September 2016

Asthmatic Astronaut - This Is Not Pop

The Who: The beat maker, producer (and occasional rapper) with consciously positive live rap phenomenon’s Underling, and one of the directors of Edinburgh ultra-underground label Black Lantern Music, AA has been making music since 2005, and was first released on Japanese label dejine:rec . With Underling he played alongside the cream of UK and US hip-hop including shows with ElP, Roots Manuva, Mike Ladd, Aesop Rock, DJ Vadim and many others. Early solo productions surfaced on Tru Thoughts, and Wah Wah 45s’ acclaimed Stac Remixes compilations, alongside Blue Daisy and Bonobo. Since then, his solo projects and collaborations have attracted a strong online following. He has regularly played UK festivals as a solo performer, as half of tentacle-electro duo Church Of When The Shit Hits The Fan, and as one third of grunge-rap collective DUST. He works professionally as an audio engineer, producer and DJ in Glasgow, Scotland.

The What: The wheezy space traveler returns with his sophomore album This Is Not Pop. It’s been six years since the release of Super Intelligent Common Sense, the well received debut album but AA has kept himself busy in-between with side projects and experiments while releasing a slew of works with Church Of When The Shit Hits The Fan and Dust amid plenty of solo EP’s and further collaborations on Black Lantern Music. But here on his new album we see him return to his Hip Hop origin. He may have first come to peoples attention as the DJ with live Hip Hop band Underling where he clocked up over 400 live shows in a short few years and shared the stage with Hip-Hop’s hero’s of old and new, but his solo works have always shown a unique take andunderstanding of the art form.

This Is Not Pop was produced in 6 months from start to finish creating 30 beats with a turntable and sampler within the space of a week before sending the original tape out to 30 invited M.C’s. The end result is an 18 track album with 19 M.C’s with AA finishing the tracks as the vocals came in adding and rebuilding around the individual vocal takes of each artist.

The result is a classic Boom Bap style of production twisted with AA’s electronic leanings that bursts with some of the finest and most creative lyricists to have emerged from the underground Hip Hop scene.

So join Asthmatic Astronaut and Lifeshows, Solareye, Texture, MacKenzie, Replicator,
Mikel Krumins, Johnny Cypher, Ciran Mac, Conscious Route, Mic Calibre, Laughing
Gear, T!INK, Harlequinade, Sleeping Ingenuity, Warrior Bone, Loki, Tickle
on this uk hip hop classic in the making.

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