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King Rhythm/Hardships & Head T

 

King Rhythm navigates a vast musical landscape. Always diverse and changing,
this Baltimore, Maryland native transcends boundary by combining elements
across the auditory spectrum to create his own truly unique form of Hip-Hop.
Musically, his style has always maintained specific aesthetics. Dirty beats, hard, funky,
and aggressive are his foundation. Where previous works have focused on a more
electronic and dancey sound, his latest album, Hardships & Head Trips, finds him
replacing the synth grooves with fuzzed out guitars and noisy drones to create a
Prog-Hop album of Psychedelic proportions. Inspired by Sonic Youth, The Secret
Machines, TV On The Radio, Can, and Miles Davis, his songs are expansive and evolving
with multiple parts and extreme changes. Couple these elaborate instrumentals
with lyrics and you'll hear what truly sets him apart. With heavy raps, reective and
analytical, his lyrics are often an accounting of what's wrong while eluding to the
outlook that most can be made right. Some songs are cryptic, often needing multiple
listens to gain ground for interpretation, while others are easily digestible with no
room to wiggle, just stark and frank.

Hardships & Head Trips leads off with the epic opening double track, No Magic /
Bangin' The Wall. This is the chronicling of King Rhythm's past up to the present. An
odd timed lement that transforms halfway into the guitar feedback wail of Bangin' the Wall.
Next, the densely layered headstrong Indie Rock challenge, Demolition Session 95,
recalls a tense confrontation between King Rhythm and his devils advocate. The
conflict is nixed with, "It's do you get it? Not does it get you."
Immediately, we're thrown into The Machinist. The track begins with a string and
Rock section that segues into the main theme. With a noisy siren-like guitar squeal
and Sonic Youth drones that evoke factory machinery, the song describes the bluring
of polarities relinquished to time.

In Operation features a guest appearance by the Mush / Big Dada artist K-the-I???.
The songs is established with a classical string motif followed by a Wurlitzer beat
thump into the swirling hook, "What will be the answer / for the cancer / come and
take a glance or / die blinded." The song ends with a time signature shifting groove
based on the original motif.

The next two songs work in tandem. The Victims Fall & Our Hero follow the story of
devolution and subsequent mental decline of a semi-fictious character. In Victims,
the character moves from politically cynical to a nightmarishly apocalyptic view of
society deepened to a battle against his own hallucinatory self.

Our Hero furthers the saga as the character awakens and finds himself transformed
into an apathetic, paranoid, morose figure; a reflection of what society has done to
him. Here we follow him as he ventures out into the city night. After, Future Museum epitomizes the dreamscape, atmospherically Jazzy until the
end explodes with a swirled-up and tripped-out Rock escape.Mad And Hating is the surprisingly simple and catchy track. Its boom-bap beats,
guitar bamphs, and fuzzy melody lay the perfect footing for King Rhythm's tongue in
cheek, hater sympathizing anthem.

The albums instrumental closer, Current floor, rides like a static wave breaking out. It's
the final summation.



Item Number/
SKU: CA01LP

Label: Catalyst Act Records

Genre: Downtempo-Hip Hop

Format: LP

Level: Not in stock

Release Date: 02.23.2010

Price: $8.99

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A2.  Demolition Session 95

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A3.  The Machinist

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A4.  In Operation w K The I

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A5.  The Victims Fall

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B1.  Our Hero

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B2.  Future Museum

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B3.  Mad And Hating

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