Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Purple Brain

As far as UK hip hop goes, Alex Chase and his One Handed Music camp are absolutely killing it right now. Bullion, Tranquill and Fulgeance have all had quality releases recently, and now Paul White joins the fray with his second long player for the label. You can listen to previews of the album in full and buy the mp3's for only £6 from the bandcamp site here.

You can also cop album track Organ Therapy for free from the bandcamp, so head over there and grab that if you need further convincing! As ever with Paul White, The Purple Brain goes above and beyond simply good music - this album flows like any classic beat tape - although the Purple Brain is much more than just a beat tape. Every single note is taken from the obscure Swedish musician, S.T. Mikael, whose weird and wonderful take on pysch rock is a perfect compliment to White's beats.

In addition to mp3 downloads, OHM are offering two physical options, and as ever with the label the physical packages are the pick of the release, much like Factory Records famous Blue Monday 12" they eschew budgets for quality artwork and concepts:

The CD comes in an environmentally-friendly Arigato Pak. It's 100% recyclable card, uses vegetable-based inks, and looks great too. More pics below. That's just £10 and includes an immediate hi-res download.

The first press of the 2LP comes with a bonus 12" featuring 3 versions of Ancient Treasure ft Guilty Simpson and all instrumentals. OHM are making just 1000 of these. It's £15 from the bandcamp and you get the download today and OHM will ship the vinyl as soon as they have it (in the next 7-10 days).

You can check out one more track from the album, Pride below - Katherine Extance has put together a video for the track - bringing together OHM's three favourite music video devices: "9th century Russian peasants, mysterious wizards and flying boats made of ice".

New video for 'Pride', taken from the Purple Brain

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