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Willie Isz create “Georgiavania”
In late 2007, Jneiro Jarel and Khujo Goodie announced they were recording together under the guise Willie Isz; they subsequently leaked several well-circulated tracks on the Internet. Now comes the full length. Georgiavania is a notable departure for Jarel, best … Continue reading
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DOOM’s “Born Like This”
As many of you already know, Lex Records will release DOOM’s new album Born Like This on March 24. Here’s the usual bio excerpt: Mask-wearing hip-hop maverick DOOM (previously MF Doom) unveils his imminent new album, BORN LIKE THIS – … Continue reading
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Dr. Who Dat? drops “Beyond 2morrow”
Last weekend, Jneiro Jarel dropped this little surprise via a MySpace post: Lyrisict and producer Jneiro Jarel has been working under a lot of pseudonyms and aliases since he joined Lex… Four out of five members of his group Shape … Continue reading
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Subtle offers “ExitingARM”
Bay Area mindbenders Subtle have prepared a new album for imminent release. ExitingARM, the third full-length release from the sextet, drops May 13 on Lex/EMI. Subtle has maintained an uncategorizable, wildly artistic identity since Dose One and Jel from Anticon … Continue reading
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Subtle revisits “For Hero: For Fool”
In October, experimental unit Subtle will revisit last year’s wondrously dynamic For Hero: For Fool with Yell & Ice. Similar to Prefuse 73 and his "remix EPs" that follow every album; Subtle reworks much of the material on For Hero with guests. (They used the same tactic for their 2004 album, A New White, with Wishingbone.)
"Both ‘wishingbone’ and ‘yell&ice’ were fashioned to further explore Subtle’s conceptual protagonist, Hour Hero yes, while creating a medium for the band’s love of collaborative music making," wrote the band in a MySpace post. "Unlike a typical collection of remixes, ‘yell&ice’ utterly reapproaches the lyrics and music of ‘for hero: for fool.’ In order to better suit the pallette and prowess of each respective collaborator, poems were rewritten, sounds resampled, and time signatures unlocked. Then these songbones were sent to our collaborators/confidantes who then rewrote, sang, and sequenced to the tune of their talents."
Guests on Yell & Ice, which comes out via Lex Records/EMI, include Tunde Adebimpe from TV on the Radio, Dan Boeckner from Wolf Parade, Markus Acher from the Notwist, and Chris Adams from Hood. Subtle continues to work on its next album for a 2008 release. Before then, they’ll play several shows this fall, including a string of dates with Seattle indie-rock band Minus the Bear.
Tour dates are below.
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Jneiro Jarel introduces Shape of Broad Minds
After much MySpace hype, hard-working New York producer-rapper Omar Gilyard is debuting his latest creation: Shape of Broad Minds. The man known as Jneiro Jarel has assembled a supporting cast that includes Atlanta rapper Panama Black, Houston multi-instrumentalist Jawwaad and, schizophrenically, a few alternate Jneiro personalities named Rocque Wun and Dr. Who Dat.
The group’s first release is The Blue Experience EP, a teaser that hits July 17 and features the lead single "Let’s Go" with MF Doom. After that comes Craft of the Lost Art, a long player featuring guest appearances from Count Bass D, Lil Sci, Stacy Epps and Deborah Jordan. It arrives via Lex Records on September 4, and the track listing is below.
"It’s basically Jneiro Jarel plus," he told the Chicago Sun-Times earlier this year. "When you have one name, people expect whatever they’ve heard from you in the past. But if you go by these different aliases, they know to expect [different styles] from you."
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Lex’s 2007 itinerary: Jneiro Jarel, Neon Neon, Doom & Ghost
Cutting-edge British imprint Lex Records has unveiled its lineup for 2007. On deck for new albums are Jneiro Jarel, Kid Acne, Neon Neon (a collaboration between Super Furry Animals leader Gruff Rhys and Boom Bip) and Fog. None of them have release dates, but are slated to come out during the next several months.
Lex also holds UK rights to the highly anticipated Ghostface Killah and MF Doom collabo, Swift & Changeable. The album has been delayed for nearly a year, undoubtedly to the politics involved in dropping an independent album by two of hip-hop’s most coveted artists. But everyone promises that it will finally come out this year. Nature Sounds has the U.S. rights, but Lex’s version should entice American trainspotters who like its amazing album covers. The label also hints that a new Danger Doom EP similar to last year’s Occult Hymn will soon arrive.
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