Posts Tagged ‘Mono/Poly’
I’ve had nothing but nice things to say about Mono/Poly.
He’s an instrumental hip hop producer hailing from LA, and though there are lots of those on the airwaves these days, Mono/Poly’s sometimes minimal/sometimes muddled approach sets him apart from many on the scene.
Today Mono/Poly drops his debut EP on Brainfeeder. Manifestations is awesome, as I told you not too long ago. You’d do well to pick this one up.
I give it five out of five stars/gold coins/MPC pads/cheeseburgers. For a short run release, it gives a great snapshot of an artist who’s destined to make great tracks.
See Mono/Poly at Low End Theory below and get excited.
Das ist ein guten remix.
German R&B singer Taprikk Sweezee got an Iggy “Wow!” for the spaced out R&B on his recent EP Poly, and that exclamation will get exponentially louder now that he’s joining forces with some of our favorite experimental hip hop producers for the Poly remix album.
Appropriately, Mono/Poly is one of the guys on it. So are Kidkanevil, Montgomery Clunk, and Monolithium. So in case you didn’ get that, Taprikk, who is from Germany, is getting remixes by a Los Angelean, an Englishman, a Romanian, and a Canadian. It took a guy with a bastardized version of Patrick Swayze for a name to bring all these nations together. Kudos.
The remix album will be out on Error Broadcast later this year. Below is a one off collaboration Sweezee did with E.A.R.L., Busy, and HBO, along with fun little video. Stay tuned for more on this.
Teleport me to LA.
Aside from being a great Tribe Called Quest album, The Low End Theory is an influential venue in LA hip hop. Every week, two contemporary legends of the LA beat scene conspire to make heads bob with a live set at Low End Theory, and the list of duos is enough to make any glitch-hop head’s mouth water.
Names that pop up again and again are D-Styles, Shlohmo, Nobody, Daddy Kev, and Gaslamp Killer. Occasional appearances by guys like Daedelus, Free The Robots, and Mono/Poly are no surprise. If you’re not a super beat nerd, right now you’re probably like “what the hell is this guy talking about,” but if you are a nerd like me you’re probably more like “EEEEEEEEEEEEE I wish I lived in LA!”
It’s true, LA is the stage of a revolution in the sound of instrumental hip hop, and Low End Theory is it’s epicenter. Thankfully, they have done the world the courtesy of recording and archiving these soon-to-be-historic sessions in the form of the Low End Theory podcasts.
Starting out with the famed snare sound from “Billy Jean,” the drums are quickly masked by big sounding P-Funk style percussions sounds. The rest of the build is enough to bring a tear to Mr. Oizo’s eye, bringing back the ill minimal synth composition of 99’s Analog Worms Attack.
The EP often reverts to a drumless synth line that stands well on its own, kind of like “Kaini Industries” off Board’s of Canada’s Music Has The Right To Children. The cloudy electronic ambience throughout the record hints that Mono/Poly is a Boards of Canada fan from the hip hop side and not from the IDM side.
Manifestations is half gangster and half sentimental, combining really hard percussion with sweeping melodies. Mono/Poly has hit a nice balance with this EP and for anyone who finds the LA beat scene a bit inaccessible from the standpoint of hip hop should start here.
[April 5th, 2011, Brainfeeder]
Order from Ninja Tune.
You wanna be the wheel barrow, the car, or the top hat?
The Brainfeeder artists have been taking turns flexing their superhero muscles for some time now, and every day there are more people watching. If Mono/Poly had an audience for his summer 2010 release Paramatma, no doubt the audience for his upcoming Manifestations EP has grown exponentially.
While some other Brainfeeders make the ambience-laced, sunshiny beats you’d expect from folks living in LA, Mono/Poly’s first record displayed the hip hop deconstructionist sentiment of Mr. Oizo’s Analog Worms Attack.
The difference is Mono/Poly’s choice of sci-fi and conspiracy theorist voice samples. Someone was watching Loose Change while making this record.
There’s no telling what exactly Manifestations will sound like, since only one track can be heard on the internets and word has it that no two tracks are the same. We’ll just have to wait until April 4th to find out.