Gordon is off globetrotting again, leaving Ray and I to our own devices back here at Streetlamp HQ. This, of course, means that there will be a dearth of 60s psychedelia on these pages over the next few weeks but there will be more hip hop. Oh yes, there will!
Hot on the heels of my last piece on the new Loki album, I wanted to draw your attention tonight to the compilation album 'Anti Copyright & Censorship Compilation Vol 1' released last month by the A Better Tomorrow netlabel. This latest release is a collaborative project of DIY, electronic music artists against copyright and censorship. The album features 45 tracks, ranging from downtempo, ambient electronica to UK conscious hip hop of the sort I normally champion. The album is only available from the A Better Tomorrow bandcamp page on a 'pay-what-you-want even-nothing' download scheme in-which users are encouraged to re-post on other blogs and websites. Any and all proceeds from the album will be going to the extremely worthy bloodinthemobile.org and various anti SOPA & PIPA causes.
The album features two interesting and socially-conscious hip hop artists who I've had in my sights for a while now and who I think are well worth bringing to the attention of readers of the Streetlamp. Firstly, track 16 of the album is the Ruby Kid's 'Art vs. Industry':
This spoken-word poet, based in London (but originally from Nottingham, via Sheffield, and with roots in New York), first released this track on his excellent, early five track demo La Manif, which is free to download in its entirety from his bandcamp page.
The other artist worth seeking out is Captain of the Rant Vs. Hair Explosion who provide track 1, 'A Copy of A Copy of A Copy'.
This track first appeared on the duo's second EP 'Nudges, Whispers and Threats', which was released in April 2012 and is available to download from their bandcamp page on a name your price basis. Their first EP 'No Copyright Necessary', was released in May 2010 and is available from the same source.
I think Streetlamp readers will really like this duo's output as it combines thoughtful, and passionate spoken word poetry, which runs the gamut of human expression from rage to sarcasm to sorrow, with deep, dubby, trip hop beats. This makes for a genuinely absorbing and unsettling experience and as each song progresses you will find yourself unable to stop listening I predict.
Captain of the Rant is an East London-based writer, spoken word performer and promoter and, with his literate and cerebral style, you're most likely to be pleasantly reminded of Scroobius Pip. His musical partner, the mysterious Hair Explosion, provides the beats and musical production. It's a winning combination in this writer's opinion.