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Psychiceyeclix & Caecus Animi: ‘Instrument Sleeve #1’

I love it when some weird, inventive sounds and concepts float my way.

It’s been a while since I’ve heard anything from the marvelous Doubledgescissor label, so this instantly caught my attention.

London based experimental video/sound artist, Psychiceyeclix and
Caecus Animi, also working out of London as a live artist and music producer (who also runs Fish Tank Studio & Wicked Dubplates in Hackney)have collaborated extensively on a project to release a very limited series run of thirty-six unique LPs.

Each double sided album will come with different tracks, reflecting their respective musical backgrounds in Instrustrial, Noise, Techno, Glitch, Experimental & Ethereal sounds.

More though, each sleeve will be individually designed and produced, with unique artwork, PLUS come with an attached noise box.

The videos below illustrate samples of both the noise box and the tracks to be found on this, ‘Instrument Sleeve #1’ Other than the sheer exclusivity, the somewhat abrasive sounds capable of being produced from the ‘sleeve’ may not be everyone’s cup of tea, or within their budget.

And so, the music will also be made available in ‘regular’ 12″ vinyl format as well as simple download. The five tracks on this initial release encompass many styles, ranging from industrial and experimental to some funky hip hop beats and nu jazz sounds, resulting in almost twenty-nine minutes of interesting flows and melodies that seem to alter with each listen.

The two videos I mentioned follow, but I’d strongly recommend checking out the other tracks here. And buying!

STRIZZY STRAUS: ‘Hieroglyfics.’

Strizzy Strauss reveals the second single ‘Hieroglyfics’ from his upcoming debut album
‘Trust The Process’ .

Hip Hop producer Sik Sense takes the helm on this one,
laying down a jazz tinted piano driven beat with punchy boom bap drum patterns. There’s
also a melodic quality to be heard in Strauss’s rhyme style, coupled with the slow-and-
steady boom bap beat and it’s a recipe for a hypnotic head-nod.

The track speaks on the adversities experienced growing up in a single parent home, around
neglected neighbourhoods and under constant pressure to be drawn into the mud. Having been “to hell, back and got the bucket hat”, Strauss describes the ever-present impetus to swerve the surrounding negative influences and move toward a higher calling.

From a purely personal perspective (and it is my blog, so it counts!) LOUD HORIZON has not in the past really embraced the Hip Hop / Rap scene, concentrating more on punk, rock, reggae etc.

But you like what you like – no boundaries and all that.

And I like this. A lot!

GIANT: ‘Catalyst.’

This is the second track released by the UK collaborative, Giant. Featuring the rapid-fire vocal delivery of rapper 24Vision and the multifaceted electronic / trip-hop band Archive, this is a five minutes long, bitter tirade, about the current state the UK finds itself in.

Five minutes? Yeah – when I saw the track length, I did wonder. But it absolutely races along at a breathless pace.

There’s something about UK rap that in general, and in my humble opinion, sets it apart from other counties’ interpretation of the genre. Perhaps it’s because I can identify with the accent? Maybe because it’s sharper, more spikey, than that from across the water? Perhaps I’m being unkind – my knowledge of hip hop and rap is limited, after all.

But ‘Catalyst,’ stands out immediately because of the image it creates. Although 24Vision is venting in the present, the sound is of the future. Of a grey, black and white future in a dystopian, soulless society controlled by guns (check the snare drum) and robots.

There is a video, shot by David Levine, due for imminent release, and it will be interesting to see how it portrays this track. (I’m probably miles out!)

Whatever – the combination of a young rapper with a long-established (twenty-five years) band of Archive’s standing, confirms that UK rap is still well ahead of the game when it comes to inventiveness and development of the sound.

RYTIOUS: ‘Style Som Golo’

WARNING! EXPLICIT LYRICS

Lunga Sithole aka Rytious was born 2nd of January 1988. He was raised in
Umlazi N-section in Durban Kwa Zulu Natal, and given the name “Rytious” by his dentist who looked up the meaning of his name Lunga and discovered it translates as ‘Righteousness.’

Rytious however changed the spelling to mean yin and yen, a balance between good and bad.

He moved to Johannesburg and since 2010 has been grafting and crafting his style. Since then, he has been picking up stacks of airplay not only across his own native country but heavy rotation in USA and South America as well as some of the more specialist radio stations here in UK..

‘Style Som Golo‘ is a fusion of hiphop & old school kwaito (South African rap.) It’s a song about confidence, the message being to stay confident through Life’s ups and downs. 

Now, quite obviously I’m no authority on hip hop, but LOUD HORIZON is always on the look-out for genres that widen our personal musical perspectives, and Rytious, here, does the trick.