Old school, new school...Connecticut producer blends the immediacy and warmth of old school hip-hop with wonky new school production values. People talk about the glory days of old school hip-hop, yearning for the rawness, the realness that comes from the chemistry that occurs from an MC and a DJ, in the same room, working it out in real time.
And yes, there is something special that comes from the limited palette. There is, however, a certain loss of fidelity and a lack of depth that digital production can take provide. Frmwrk! from the 18-year-old producer ONEHALFHUMAN is the best of both worlds - smooth and soulful, hand-cropped samples, mixed with experimental hip-hop productions, blurry, weird and warped. It's like Boards Of Canada getting together with the RZA (why has this not happened? Can we make this happen?).
While we're waiting for this dream collaboration, frmwork! is more than just filler to kill time. It's a dope as sin mixture of head-nodding beats and smooth organic flows courtesy of MCs Floodwater and Josh Is Hollow. ONEHALFHUMAN is taking it back from the simulacrum, riding the vapor wave to sunnier shores, where digital does not mean clinical, and humanity can be discovered in the machines. It's like a vacation in a holographic Hawaii or Miami, or a trawl through a glowing 8-bit subterranean tunnel.
If you have missed choice film samples, like you find on "The_flip (knewyork)", but want your beats deep, powerful, and punchy, frmwork! IS the dream collaboration you've been waiting for! Although frmwork! is the first album under the moniker ONEHALFHUMAN, it's actually Patrick Magalis' sixth album, with two more being released since, showing beyond a shadow a doubt that Magalis is a talented and prolific producer to keep your eyes and ears on.
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