New album ‘Some Say I So I Say Light’ out May 6th on Play It Again Sam
UK Tour Dates Announced
Pre Order: ghostpoet.co.uk
Two years on from the release of his Mercury nominated debut, ‘Peanut Butter Blues and Melancholy Jam’, Ghostpoet aka Obaro Ejimiwe announces ‘Meltdown’ – the first single from his sophomore album ‘Some Say I So I Say Light’ which will be released on the 6th May 2013 through Play It Again Sam. To whet appetites for the release, Ghostpoet has put together a mini mix of the album made available from ghostpoet.co.uk.
‘Meltdown’ is the disarmingly honest tale of one of those break-ups where both parties simply drift apart. Scarring lyrics “you and me weren’t meant to be and someone somewhere knew it from the start” expertly encapsulate everyman honesty of thought, emotion, and shoulder-shrug acceptance of failed love. On ‘Some Say I So I Say Light’, which was co-produced with the talented Richard Formby (Wild Beasts, Darkstar, Egyptian Hip-Hop) we see Ghostpoet’s talent has truly blossomed and that he’s pushing the boundaries even further in all directions. Immediately captivating and uniquely honest – the musings of Ghostpoet truly come to life when he performs live and to celebrate the release of ‘Some Say I So I Say Light.’ Ghostpoet will be headlining a European tour throughout April, May and June.
May 18: Coventry @ Kasbash
May 21: Liverpool @ East Village Arts Club
May 22: Sheffield @ Queens Social Club
May 23: Newcastle @ The Cluny
May 24: Glasgow @ Broadcast
May 25: Edinburgh @ Electric Circus
May 27: Leeds @ Brudenell Social Club
May 28: Bournemouth @ The Winchester
May 29: Manchester @ Gorilla
May 30: London @ Village Underground
June 02: Leicester @ O2 Academy
June 03: Oxford @ O2 Academy
June 07: Brighton @ The Haunt
June 09: Reading @ SUB89
June 13: Guilford @ Boiler Room
June 14: Bedford @ The Pad
“Simbreaker” is the second video release off the album Something You Feel, by rapper/producer Jai Nitai Lotus (pronounced Thai Nee-tie) . This gritty minute “no hook” anthem, produced by Simahlak, is a full body, frenetically-charged track packed with lo-fi guitars and manically psyched keyboard stabs.
Hip-Hop group Zion I continue to forge new ground musically on their latest LP Shadowboxing, a beat-heavy hip-hop album decidedly grittier than past projects. Always pushing the literal—and figurative—needle forward, the duo, consisting of emcee Zumbi and producer Amp Live, have once again created something experimental and heartfelt. Shadowboxing features guests such as Bassnectar, Grouch and Eligh, Collie Buddz and Goapele.
A move from the live instrumentation of their last record, Shadowboxing enlists a range of producers such as Traxamillion, Timeline, DexBeats, Minnesota, who bring an unconventional, eclectic flavor to the album. With its futuristic beat, “Float,” produced by Santa Cruz up-and-comer Minnesota, is reminiscent of Zion I’s earlier work, Mind Over Matter. On “Bounce,” Bassnectar masters the manipulating of frequencies and crushing basslines. “I just did my thing with the image of a huge crowd going ham in my mind while I penned the verse,” explains Zumbi of recording the track.
Thematically, Shadowboxing is signature Zion I: “This is an album about metaphorical kicks and throws at oneself,” explains Zumbi, “looking inward at the shadow self, and seeking awareness in the darkness of one’s own psyche.”
To support the album, Zion I will hit 30 cities from Brooklyn to Boulder and Atlanta to Orlando with Santa Cruz Dubstep DJ, Minnesota for the “2012 Shadowboxing Tour.”
Since 1999, Zion I has released seven critically acclaimed LPs, including Mind Over Matter (1998), Deep Water Slang (2000), True & Livin’ (2003), Break of Dawn (2004), The Take Over (2009), and Atomic Clock (2010). They also have two highly acclaimed albums under the name [Zion I and The Grouch with long time collaborator The Grouch, Hereos in the City of Dope and Hereos in the Healing of the Nation. Voted best Bay Area hip-hop group by the SF Weekly numerous times, Zion I have been featured in media outlets from XXL, The Source, Vibe, YRB, 944, Prefixmag.com, Popmatters, 7+7, SF Chronicle, and SF Bay Guardian.
Dec 14th — El Rey Theatre — Los Angeles, CA
Dec 15th — Porter’s Pub — La Jolla, CA
Listen to Background Music on AOL/SPINNER.
Los Angeles hip-hop duo Substance Abuse return to hip-hop with their sophomore LP, Background Music. Consisting of emcee Eso Tre and Subz, Substance Abuse pull no punches on their latest offering: The 18 track collection is a hard-hitting, funky rap album that feels distinctly LA. The LP features MC Eiht, Tash of Alkaholiks, Percee P, Max Julien (The Mack), Sadat X of Brand Nubian, Myka 9, and KRS-One.
After gaining much acclaim for their collaboration with MF Doom on the infectious single “Profitless Thoughts,” Substance Abuse released their debut LP Overproof in 2006. The LP featured Saafir, Kool Keith, Motion Man, Kutmasta Kurt, Rasco, Thes-One, and MF Doom and received critical acclaim from outlets such as YRB, URB, platform8470, and XLR8R.
What looms in the background of today’s music scene are people who are fed up with the current state of affairs and want change. If you’re one of them, check out Background Music.
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