It’s 2005, and in the moment before mash-ups went from “novel” to “novelty” I released a full-length exploration of Kanye West jams set against the backdrop of The Beach Boys’ seminal Pet Sounds LP. Seven years on, West Sounds is at the very least, an interesting artifact.
The record suggests some formative experiments at the intersection of boom-bap and chamber pop. These are ideas that I explored further on the subsequent Lushlife albums, Cassette City (2009) and Plateau Vision (2012). And, since West Sounds is as ultra-rare as digital media can possibly be in 2012, I’ve decided to give the download a permanent home on this blog. I’m not afraid of my old shit. It’s part of the contract.
To download West Sounds, click here.
Dig this nails-as-fuck Lushlife remix of Araab Styles from the new Styles P full-length out this week. Tempering the hard body shit (or emboldening it) is a hook that features a blown-out interpretation of Asylum Party’s coldwave classic, Before the Smile.
Take a peek at this beautiful panoramic photograph of my South Philly workspace, as shot by Amanda Cerini. The cozy 3rd floor digs looks out onto Philadelphia’s Italian Market neighborhood, and has pretty much everything I need to get by.
Click here, or on the image above to see the full panorama.