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EE001: Kiss ‘n’ Tell EP (Out: 24 October 2011)
Working with that other West Coast boss – Paul Salva and the Frite Nite crew, B. Bravo’s productions and live show (talk box included) have been slaying sweaty masses from San Francisco to this year’s Sonar festival for Red Bull Music Academy. From future boogie to synth-laden, dubstep-tweaked, juggernaut beats, Bravo’s thickset approach is hefty, weighty and can do that damn thing. Like your baby mama’s wet ass. Or that best burrito in the Mission. “La Taqueria on Mission/25th. Chicken in red sauce with beans, cheese, sour cream, salsa and hot sauce. There is no rice in their burritos. The best.”
Photo by Jasper Clarke
EE002: In & Out EP (Out: 27 February 2012)
Influenced by the Shaolin Slums to Rephlex, Lee Perry to jungle, Madlib and Tuff Jam – “We dig musical odd balls, lots of boogie, there’s some old psych soul in the lab too.”
“It’s an honour for us to have Om’mas jump on a track and give us props for our work,” says DHF. “We feel the EP is a healthy step forward from our last outing, there is more of an overall flow to the package and you got a couple of vocal things on there which is the direction we want to go into… but also hold it down for the beat heads.”
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EE003: Widows EP (Out: 4th June 2012)
These guys founded (arguably) the first ever dubstep night in LA called Moon Dog – granted, it was at a former transvestite strip club in east LA. These are the same guys who played live rap shows with just / only / solely two drum kits and a couple of microphones. This rap group are fucking amazing. That was Brother Reade – Jams. F. Kennedy and Bobby Evans. Now they’re Widows, and still Jams F. Kennedy and Bobby Evans.
EE003 Widows – Widows EP by Earnest Endeavours
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EE004: Love She Wants EP (Out: 17th September 2012)
EE005: Friday Comes The Re-Manuva (Out: 10th December 2012)
Brothers Kai Gama and Dr Sydney Velvet craft a hungry new amalgam of south London street vibes, to create a stylishly defiant Ray Petri Buffalo Stance for 2012.
Their radical new voice and dusted electronics clash with classic, twisted wit and British songwriting are typical of these far-from-typical Renaissance men. Welcome to The Poetic Soundsystem.
Photo by Ruben van Eeckhout
EE006: This Day EP (Out: April 2013)
Red Bull Elektropedia Awards 2012 Nominated for Artist of the Year, Breakthrough Artist, Best Live Act and Best Album.
Photo by Anna Keenan
mfp EP (forthcoming)
This introduces the beast from the East, Osaka’s Masaki Konagai aka mindfullpeace aka mfp, who in the age old tradition of hip hop producers, has paid his dues, spending time in the studio shadows putting out various Japanese rap crew and RnB records. But it’s his solo stuff that bangs the hardest. He’s also a member of Japan’s acclaimed Cosmopolyphonic radio crew who are doing their darnedest in supporting the local, outer space beat movement re-affirming Japan’s visionary aesthetic. Major. Force. East.
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Sleeves EP (forthcoming)
And this is where the story changes, and becomes more prophetic. Where Charles Vann commands a niche and grows into SelfSays. Where he shares the stage with Detroit luminaries Slum Village and Phat Kat. It’s where he drops one of the most impressive free releases of 2009 (and criminally slept on), “Something Out Of Nothing”.
This was three-years-ago, and when “Something Out Of Nothing” dropped, it saw SelfSays as one of the earliest rappers to collaborate with Samiyam and devonwho, not to mention Bullion and Jack High who also feature on the futuristic boom bap of the EP. It was also around that time that the EE crew traded korean BBQ and beats whilst Mr. Vann was on a London expedition. Now lacing beats from House Shoes, Blockhead and Shigeto as well as a debut European tour coming April 2012, the long awaited SelfSays & Earnest Endeavours collabo is forthcoming 2012.