— LUSHLIFE.

West Sounds.

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.

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