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Kool Keith teams with powerviolence duo Thetan for RSD single (listen)

Kool Keith Complicated Trip

Abstract rap legend Kool Keith is having a pretty metal year. His recently-released EP featured a mashup with Dead Cross, and for Record Store Day he’s releasing a collaborative single with Nashville powerviolence duo Thetan, “Complicated Trip.” Thetan slow it down compared to the stuff on their recent album Abysmal, and they provide Keith a head-nodding dose of heavy psych that works just fine as a hip hop beat. There’s a little classic turntablism in the mix too.

Keith says “If ‘Complicated Trip’ was a movie it would be a film short of National Lampoon’s Vacation, Caddyshack, and The Three Stooges,” and Thetan adds:

The approach we took to the music would seem to be a complete deviation from our sound to anyone familiar with our albums. But in all actuality, we have always tried to sneak in some experimental, weird ideas. For a couple years we had even planned to do an entire album of dark psychedelic stuff, but that just never materialized. With this project we approached it in a similar way to how we had talked about doing that album, albeit in a less abstract more structured way.

Kool Keith and Thetan are also plotting to do a full collaborative album together. While you wait for that, listen to “Complicated Trip” below. Here’s more info on the vinyl release of the new single:

The record was meticulously crafted and mastered by Emery at his Black Matter Mastering (Buzzov*en, Dwarves, Krieg) with tons of special perks. In addition to the title cut, the 12” also bears an instrumental version of the track – both songs are pressed on the A-side of the LP as parallel grooves, where the listener has a 50/50 shot of hitting one track or the other when the stylus is dropped onto the wax. A bonus third track also appears over a playable etching on the A-side, as well as a zoetrope style etching on the record’s edge, and an etching hidden under the center label. The intense cover art for the single and equally insanely detailed B-side etching was drawn by Caroline Harrison.

Kool Keith also has some upcoming shows, including a Rocks Off Cruise in NYC on April 19 (tickets). All dates are listed below.

Kool Keith — 2019 Tour Dates
4/19/2019 Boat Cruise @ East 23rd Skyport Marina – New York, NY
4/20/2019 Ophelia’s – Denver, CO w/ Ultramagnetic MCs
6/06/2019 Fine Line Cafe – Minneapolis, MN
6/07/2019 Club David – Sioux Falls, SD
8/01/2019 The Promontory – Chicago, IL
8/02/2019 The Hifi – Indianapolis, IN

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