SUBSTANTIAL & THE OTHER GUYS “THE PAST…” EP
PLUS SUBSTANTIAL’S UNRELEASED DEMO TAPE FROM ’99
EXCLUSIVELY AVAILABLE WITH BANDCAMP PURCHASE
The Past… is the first of three EPs leading up to the fourth studio album from prolific, Indie MC, Substantial. This time around the veteran wordsmith has partnered with HiPNOTT Records producer duo and fellow Maryland natives, The Other Guys for his latest release. Substantial’s musical past, pre-Hyde Out Productions, included many collaborations with Isaiah of TOG, which makes their project’s title quite fitting. The Past… features Von Pea of Tanya Morgan, Substantial’s protegé, See King, cuts from DJ Jav and plenty of that soulful boom bap The Other Guys have been known to provide. Lyrically, Substantial is as sharp as ever and covers subjects such as the dying art of MCing, dreams limited by stereotypes, and the exploitation of his former producer, Nujabes.
Substantial’s full length album The Past Is Always Present In The Future drops fourth quarter 2015. Until then, enjoy this appetizer and look forward to more flavorful Hip Hop music to feed your soul.
Staying true to The Past… theme, those who purchase the album on Bandcamp will receive a bonus download of Substantial’s 1999 demo tape entitled Before Sunrise: Pre-Hyde Out Demo ’99. This 5 song bonus track includes songs recorded which would give Substantial the opportunity to work with legendary producer Nujabes. Substantial provides commentary on each track as well. Details below.
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Artist: BOP ALLOY (SUBSTANTIAL & MARCUS D)
Title: SKETCHES OF PAIN featuring OMA PEARL
Animator/Director: CARLO-ROMAN PICASO
Last year, Substantial & Marcus D (together known as Bop Alloy) released their critically acclaimed sophomore LP, Another Day in the Life of. The album, included the gem “Sketches of Pain” featuring Jazz/Folk songstress Oma Pearl which Swiss animator Carlo-Roman Picaso recently brought to life with “A beautifully executed video that captures the essence of what the track is really about” says Marcus D. Carlo-Roman does a masterful job of stringing together images of police brutality, protest, various forms of mental & physical anguish with portraits of hope and perseverance.
Quote from the Director/Animator:
The inspiration to create this video was to give the artists something back. Through my studies in Animation, at work and in my private life, I always listen to their music. Everything started with Nujabes. I watched the Anime series Samurai Champloo and as young animation artist it’s natural to research who directed it and who did the soundtrack. I liked listening to Hip Hop and Jazz before and Nujabes had the perfect mix, so i started to follow his music and his collaborations with other Hip Hop artists like Substantial. After Nujabes died, I was very touched by his musician friends. This community is fantastic and I always wanted to be a small part of this nice community.
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‘Another Day in the Life of…’ is available in CD, Digital & Vinyl formats:
In other news, Substantial has completed the next EP in a series of 3 leading up to his 4th solo album The Past Is Always Present In The Future. Always [EP] is entirely produced by Algorythm (The Stuyvesants) and features GRAMMY nominated songstress Wayna, QN5 Music’s el capitan Tonedeff, soul vocalist Deborah Bond and Danish singer/songwriter Fjer. Always drops July 17th.
The first EP, The Past…, is out now on HiPNOTT Records.
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TWITTER HANDLES: @BopAlloy | @IamSubstantial | @MarcusD | @HiPNOTT