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September 13, 2013 at 11:50 AM
Production duo Blue Sky Black Death’s upcoming fourth solo album Glaciers — out October 1 — has just six songs on it, but only one of them has a runtime under 10 minutes. True to it’s title, the expansive compositions are “slow-moving, giant, and freezing-cold” epics that fully realize the group’s signature ambient instrumental sound.
Recently premiered track “III” which repurposes and expands upon a loop from “Black Hearts” — the eerie opening track from last year’s Presents: Skull & Bones album featuring local rappers Bolo Nef and Caz Greez — was recently revealed to have over 240 individual audio tracks making up its 13:27 runtime. Members Kingston Maguire and Ian Taggart say that “III” is the first time they have taken a rap track and expounded on it for an instrumental album.
“When we lived back in Santa Rosa like in ’05 we tried to do a 15-minute song,” Taggart says. “We never really finished it, but the idea was always there… we came to a point where we were actually able to execute it.” (more…)
August 30, 2013 at 9:55 AM
By Mike Ramos
Nacho Picasso has become a sort of underground antihero for Seattle rap fans over the last few years. His drugged-up and goonish, yet goofy and reference-packed lyrics delivered over dark electronic beats helped pioneer a local wave of gloomy grunge-rap in stark contrast with the city’s traditional sound. While his material might be too crass to see the kind of mainstream success some other Seattle rappers have recently enjoyed, he’s built a fan base as loyal as they are rowdy.
Nacho’s local shows are usually raucous events packed with lyric-reciting fans trying to duplicate the levels of intoxication described in his songs, and though his Bumbershoot set is a daytime affair, it should be only a slight exception to that. Expect plenty of fan favorites from his album trilogy of “For the Glory,” “Lord of the Fly” and “Exalted” trilogy — and possibly some new stuff from his much-anticipated upcoming project “High & Mighty,” out Oct. 31.
Nacho Picasso plays at 1:15 p.m. Saturday at the Tunein Stage at Bumbershoot.
July 26, 2013 at 3:38 PM
By Mike Ramos
In the last year or so, local rapper Jarv Dee has developed from Cloud Nice crew member and hypeman into one of the hardest-working, multifaceted artists in the city. From his modern take on Seattle street rap with Nacho Picasso and the Moor Gang (their crew of fellow rappers, producers and goons), to his perspective-laced experimental hip-hop approach with group Kingdom Crumbs, to the cruising, Southern rap lean on his breakout solo album Dopamine, Jarv takes on a combination of styles but somehow manages to never sound out of his lane. He found time to catch up with us the day before a quick trip to Alaska for a Kingdom Crumbs show.
Jarv Dee plays Capitol Hill Block Party Sunday at 6:20 p.m. on the Vera Stage. (more…)
May 27, 2013 at 10:39 PM
With an official recognition from Governor Jay Inslee under its belt, Sasquatch! is now a Pacific Northwest institution and there was no shortage of sartorial love for the PNW in general, and Rain City specifically. Today we’re rounding up some of the most legit Seattle pride garments from Sunday at the Gorge. (more…)
May 24, 2013 at 7:57 PM
A mini Seattle rap fest happened Friday evening on Cthulthu stage at Sasquatch: three acts in a row, young emcees Shelton Harris and BFA (Brothers from Another), then one of the town’s heavy hitters, Nacho Picasso. All are mentioned this recent XXL Magazine Seattle rap roundup.
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