Perkins, who also records under the name Declaime, is best known as Madlib’s homie from Oxnard, and the unique rapper/vocalist behind triumphs such as A Lil’ Light and Expressions. Meanwhile Muldrow’s full-length debut Olesi: Fragments of an Earth updated free jazz for the 21st century, and was one of the most talked-about underground soul albums of 2006.
Now the two are launching a new label called Epistrophik Peach Sounds. And while details on the label’s release schedule are a little sketchy, a few recordings featuring both artists will definitely drop during the summer.
First came Pattie Bling & the Akebulan Five’s Sagala on Ramp Recordings last month. While mostly a Muldrow solo endeavor, it featured Perkins on one of the tracks. Next week (June 12) brings Beautiful Mindz, a collaboration between Perkins, Muldrow and UK producer 2tall. It will be released by Amalgam Digital, the label behind last year’s Juggaknots comeback album. The major project, however, will be Muldrow and Perkins’ G&D. It drops via Epistrophik on August 28.
West Coast fans will get to see the duo in the flesh when they open for Bumps, the Tortoise percussion/breaks side project. Dates for the “West Coast Fonk Bumps” tour are below:
- 6/20: Rhythm Room, Phoenix, AZ
- 6/21: El Rey Theater, Los Angeles, CA
- 6/22: The Independent, San Francisco, CA
- 6/23: The Independent, San Francisco, CA
- 6/25: Alladdin, Portland, OR
- 6/26: Neumo’s, Seattle, WA
Finally, here’s a video for the title track from Beautiful Mindz.