Strange Perspective: ‘nobody sleeps tonight’

“A lot of incredible and horrifying things happen every day all around the world. So much change, catastrophe, epiphany, joy…and despite the lull of the daily trudge, people do feel it. We dream of it, daydream about it or just stay up at night, wondering why we can’t get to sleep. Maybe we get depressed and don’t know why, maybe we misplace our frustrations…Something’s wrong. Conversely, something electric is in the air. Excitement, wonder, nervous energy. There is opportunity; indeed, there is also despair. What will I focus on? how will I channel my feelings around it? How can I face tomorrow? How the hell am I going to get to sleep?”
– See More Perspective

The latest from SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE’s collaboration with Dameun Strange, as Strange Perspective, doesn’t necessarily answer these questions, but swims in them, as we often do when disaster strikes or we feel the rift of some unknown revelation uncoil beneath the surface. This is electronic, bass heavy, jungle style hip hop. It’s hard and kinetic. It’s also smooth, melodic and catchy. The concept lives in every snare, high hat, rhythm and cadence. It’s frenetic and courses the listeners ears for answers, hope, a little peace and finds the people who give a damn.

Written and performed by Strange Perspective
recorded by and engineered by SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE
at Luv ‘n’ Dedication studio, Minneapolis

Free Music: ‘No Capes’ from Guante + Big Cats!

For one week only, download “NO CAPES” by Guante & Big Cats! for free.  One of the standout tracks from the duo’s 2010 concept album, “An Unwelcome Guest,” the song takes a critical look at the mythology of the hero; can we look to one person– whether a superhero or an elected official– to save us, or are there real heroes in our midst?  This free download, courtesy of rising indie label Tru Ruts/Speakeasy Records, is dedicated to those fighting for their basic rights in Wisconsin, as well as to those who will continue to fight tomorrow, wherever they are needed.

“NO CAPES” is also a prelude to Guante’s upcoming mixtape, “CONSCIOUS IS NOT ENOUGH 2011,” a collection of brand new songs, remixes and updated tracks based around the power of community and the importance of organizing.  Featuring Guante’s trademark blend of progressive lyrics, poetic storytelling and gallows humor, the full mixtape will be released in March.

New Music: ‘Quiet Love’ from See More Perspective + Nye

Happy Valentines Day, as only the Boombox Emporium could wish for you. The latest installment of the Emporium is yet another preview of great things to come. After peppering his debut solo album with beats from his brother, Nye, See More Perspective is preparing to bring that partnership to the foreground with the funky, hilarious and solid album, SEX TAPE––a mash up of sexuality, humor and hip hop. Producer Nye brings back boom bap with a vengeance through rugged, dynamic textures and bizarre vocal samples in the tradition of Handsome Boy Modeling School and Dr. Octogon. See More’s flows are as rhythmic, sharp and thoughtful as ever while juggling sexual overtones, romantic impulses, laugh out loud rhymes and socio-political commentary. The uniqueness of the project lies in its celebration of sexuality without using it for shock value. The humor of the the weird 70s porn samples is used to disarm the listener while interjecting potent points of view on love, sex, relationships and politics in the flow of fun-loving hip hop. ‘Quiet Love’ is the first step forward in this new collaboration between See More Perspective + Nye.

New Music from WAKE THE CITY (Guante + See More Perspective)

‘Shotgun Soliloquy (Ragga Remix)’ gives you yet another peek into WAKE THE CITY, the budding musical collaboration between Guante and SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE. This “premix” of sorts is a remix of a track that has yet to be released. That’s just how we get down at the Boombox Emporium. The Rube’s simultaneously throwback and forward-thinking production suits the rappers’ boombap tendencies perfectly. Expect to hear more funky concoctions from these three in the future, probably sooner than you think!

New Download: Pyramids (Ganzobean Remix)

November’s installment of ‘See More Perspective’s Boombox Emporium’, an eclectic, monthly free music series, presents a spectacular remix of a Chicago underground classic. ‘Pyramids’ interweaves loose cultural allegories of See More’s Mexican heritage and its relationship to African history while drawing parallels to ancient civilizations and modern day hip hop. The inspired, electro-funky remix, featuring an upgraded chorus and a new verse, delves deeper into these multicultural undertones and brings out the idea of how hip hop and its practitioners are building cultural monuments for the ages. Just the kind of casual, big picture yet party appropriate philosophy you can expect from SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE. Ganzobean has been busy producing tracks for local legend Musab, touring with the likes of Abstract Rude and just released a free EP dedicated to Jack White.

Tru Ruts presents Strange Perspective’s JAZZ FUNERAL

An otherworldly combination of hip hop, jazz, indie rock and geek-pop, Strange Perspective is a late-night séance of sound and spirit. The debut collaboration between MC/producer See More Perspective and multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Dameun Strange, THE LOST SOULS BOYS CHOIR IN JAZZ FUNERAL, plays out as a spooky suite of songs exploring death, remembrance and rebirth, with reference points in the New Orleans jazz funeral tradition, the spirit of Dia de los Muertos and the culture of Victorian spiritualism. The duo took first place at this year’s Spoutstock cover competition with their version of “Jack’s Lament” from “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” which says quite a bit about their style and approach. This is quirky and fun, to be sure, but there’s also a sharp edge to the music that reminds the listener that fun and serious, escapism and meaning life and death themselves—they’re not as far apart as we’d often like to believe.

Two accomplished musicians in their own right, artists SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE and Dameun Strange join forces to create ‘Strange Perspective’. Born Adam Gabriel Rangel, SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE is a native of St. Paul, MN and son of Chicago. Having returned to his native Twin Cities roots from several years in Chi-town, he brings a unique aesthetic influenced by both communities. As a hip hop performer and recording artist, he captures and engages crowds of all generations through his energy and signature crowd interaction. As a lyricist poet, educator, self taught producer, actor, and visual artist his work carries revolutionary uplifting undertones known to motivate audiences across the Midwest and the South. As a producer, his music conveys a rawness of heart and soul that is effortlessly spiritual. Infused with traditions of jazz, funk and indigenous music, his sound is at times grainy and full – yet smooth and crisp.

Dameun Maurice Strange was born in Washington, DC. His interest in music began at an early age as he studied viola and clarinet in the DC Youth Orchestra program. At age 13, he began performing around the area as a saxophone soloist; writing music was his true passion. While at Macalester College in Saint Paul, MN, he began explorations in electronic music. He seeks to create a rich audio tapestry that would be able to portray a beautiful vignette or illustrate a compelling story.

‘JAZZ FUNERAL’ is available as a free download for a limited time at Tru Ruts’ Bandcamp.

Strange Perspective’s ‘JAZZ FUNERAL’ Cover + Track List

Two accomplished musicians in their own right, artists SEE MORE PERSPECTIVE and Dameun Strange join forces to create Strange Perspective. Their first collaborative effort, Strange Perspective and The Lost Souls Boys Choir in JAZZ FUNERAL, a Halloween suite of spooky sounds and story telling, is an eerie, lighthearted and clever exploration of the New Orleans Jazz Funeral sound, but that’s just where the concept starts. A witty and quirky blend of hip hop, jazz, and dancey, catchy songwriting, JAZZ FUNERAL is an amalgamation of the many eclectic interests of these two gifted artists (namely, ghosts). The album will be released October 26th on Tru Ruts/Speakeasy Records, as a free download, just in time for Halloween.

JAZZ FUNERAL
1. The Lincoln Slate
2. Ghost Parade Preprise
3. Blue Phantoms/Blue Sparks
4. Death March
5. Man in the Hat
6. Ghost Parade

Download: Jack’s Lament – Strange Perspective

A cover of ‘Jack’s Lament’ from Tim Burton’s ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’, remade by Strange Perspective (Dameun Strange and See More Perspective). This is a new addition to See More Perspective’s free music download series, ‘See More Perspective’s Boombox Emporium’. It is also a bonus track from Strange Perspective’s ‘Strange Perspective and The Lost Souls Boys Choir in JAZZ FUNERAL’, which will be released October 26th on Tru Ruts/Speakeasy Records.

The release party for ‘JAZZ FUNERAL’ will be on October 30th (10pm), at Hell’s Kitchen with Strange Perspective, plus Mayda, Guante and others. ‘See More Perspective’s Boombox Emporium’ is available for free download at www.truruts.bandcamp.com.

See More Perspective’s Boombox Emporium

Tru Ruts/Speakeasy Records presents
See More Perspective’s Boombox Emporium

On the heels of his beat tape release, ‘Breaks in the Clouds’, producer See More Perspective returns this time as an emcee. Initiating a new free music download series, ‘See More Perspective’s Boombox Emporium’, he collaborates with producer Julian Fairbanks, of Audio Perm, to bring you ‘Maintain/Transcend’, a laid-back track that makes for a perfect driving song. The silky, summertime groove feel of the track is balanced by a steady flow of engaged lyrics from See More. The partnership with Fairbanks helps create a musical soundscape that is easily intoxicating. A Twin Cities native with roots in Chicago, See More’s music embodies the best of both cities. He has released a series of EPs, including ‘First Impression’ and ‘Summertime Hip Hip BBQ Jam for the World’, in addition to his beat tape concept album. Julian Fairbanks ranks as one of the up-and-coming young producers that have been making waves in the Twin Cities. A member of the producer collective, Audio Perm, he has produced tracks for Big Quarters, Yakub, Bobby Richardson, Facade and others, along with a remix of Doomtree’s Mike Mictlan’s ‘Prizefight’.

See More will follow up the download series with one of his annual Halloween-themed projects. This year, he collaborates with musician Dameun Strange to create what they call an ‘ecstatic seance’ in the form of the project ‘Strange Perspective and The Lost Souls Boys Choir in JAZZ FUNERAL’, which will be released October 26th on Tru Ruts/Speakeasy Records. The release party for ‘JAZZ FUNERAL’ will be on October 30th (10pm), at Hell’s Kitchen with Strange Perspective, plus Mayda, Guante and others.

‘See More Perspective’s Boombox Emporium’ is available for free download at www.truruts.bandcamp.com.

Guante + Big Cats! ‘Don’t Be Nice’ Mixtape Cover + Tracklist

Don’t Be Nice is a whirlwind of radical storytelling tracks, punch-you-in-the-face battle raps, heartfelt love songs and more, including a couple of legitimate club bangers.  The free mixtape should cement Guante + Big Cats!’s reputation as one of the most ambitious, dynamic indie-rap duos in the country. Don’t Be Nice will be released for free download by rising indie label, Tru Ruts/Speakeasy Records, on September 7th.

DON’T BE NICE
1. Talk
2. Truth Be Told Breaks It Down
3. The Ripple
4. Bring Out Your Dead (Big Cats! Remix)
5. Limb From Limb
6. The Hero
7. Harry Potter (Big Cats! Remix w/ Chantz)
8. Greed
9. Don’t Vote for Michelle Bachman
10. This is the Opposite of a Suicide Note
11. Red States (Live on The Current)
12. Dragons (Live on The Current)
13. The Damp, Foggy Midnight (Live on The Current)