For fans of the trip-hop genre, like myself, 2012 has been kind. One of the releases that I’m most excited about comes from a very talented producer named Blockhead. A personal favorite of mine, and a frequent collaborator with hip-hop legend Aesop Rock, Blockhead is probably best known for a few particular beats he’s conducted, like Day Light, Forest Crunk, The Music Scene. The music video for the latter is legendary in itself (see below).
Blockhead’s production has always been a step above; the instrumentalism, turntablism, and raw sound of his tracks are unmistakeable. He also possesses some interesting opinions on leaking albums and the music itself. In the wake of his new release, Interludes After Midnight, being leaked, Blockhead had this to say on his blog:
“Now, I realize the album has been leaked. And while hearing this (or just reading it right here) will no doubt lead to more than a few of you just going to find a download link right now, there’s nothing I can really do about it. Albums get leaked. It’s happened before and it will happen again. Do I like it? Not really. I think I’m more bummed that it’s supposed to drop on May 5th so having it leak this soon is a bit early for my taste. On one hand, it’s cool that people are into it so much that they’re rushing to download (it was the #1 download on what.cd yesterday) but it’s hard to separate that from the fact that no one’s gonna buy the record. But, that’s what making music in 2012 is like so all I can do is accept it. So, if you downloaded it (and enjoyed it), do me the solid and come to a show when I’m in your town. Then we’re even. …If you do download it today or tomorrow, actually listen to it. Don’t do that thing where you listen to the first 20 seconds then skip to the next track. My albums don’t work like that. Every song is constantly evolving. The songs have a beginning, a middle and an end. This isn’t a mixtape by Gucci Mane.”
Interludes is a track-by-track journey through the eclectic sounds of Blockhead. Listen to Smoke Signals and allow its funky beat to take you away–that’s what all of Blockhead’s tracks do. They’re acoustic adventures through auditory soundscapes and straight into the head of one of the best producers in the game. His tracks are a expert mix of samples cut and implanted into a body of music like neurosurgery: take Snapping Point, for instance. It may seem random, but it’s really one solid, cohesive track–truly a euphonic piece of music. Lastly, Panic in Funkytown brings this post home. Each track on the album is epic in and of itself, but that’s just another day in the life Blockhead.