New Qwel and Jackson Jones - Dark Day
September 30, 2005 by Jefe
Qwel and Jackson Jones ~ Dark Day
G40037 - release date October 11, 2005
In Qwels highly awaited fourth solo release, "Dark Day", Qwel explores the notion that he who does not know his history is condemned to repeat it. Jackson Jones sets the melancholy charcoal canvases as Qwel exposes the blueprint for the modern day Tower of Babel. The album starts headlong with a piece resembling an Edgar Allen Poe dialogue between the ladder builder on the Tower of Babel and Nimrod. Halfway through his endeavor he realizes the ramifications of the work of his hands, and in an attempt to topple the tower he ascends to the top and leaps off...into a mass of people...waiting for his job.
"Dark Day" combines philanthropic introspection of "If It Aint Been In A Pawn Shop, Then It Cant Play The Blues" with the zeal and fervor of "The Rubber Duckie Experiment". It explores the aspects of humanity that are growing to destroy us, such as greedy politicians, the world dying to unite, self loathing, selfishness, medicated compassion, lack of accountability, etc. In a world recently fueled by the trend of superficial love the technological tower is under way.
Its not only an exploration in topic and execution, but even more so musically. Simply put, "Dark Day" sounds like David Bowie and Beethoven collaborated on an SP1200 in an analog studio with the bombardier from the Enola Gay playing the drums. Overall Dark Day is a masterpiece lyrically, sonically, visually, prophetically, and therapeutically. Music to help the wait in line; music to whelp the hate in line.
"They knew not what they were building, but where they were building. Higher. To the heavens. All men united in nothingness." - Qwel
added by: Jefe
Coming soon from Galapagos4: Stick Figures CD
September 13, 2005 by Jeff
Coming soon from Galapagos4!
Stick Figures CD
September 27, 2005
In a world overwhelmed with Las Vegas-like neon and more glitter than gold, the Stick Figures hardly find it surprising that a lot of the undergrounds recent existing music is flashy and overbearing, just for the sake of being flashy and overbearing. Artists are trying to do too much, and failing miserably. One whack at the roots equals a thousand at the branches.
Stick Figures represent the underdog in all of us. A worthy voice for the voiceless, fed up thinkers, a breath of freshness through the smoke and mirrors of mediocrity. Prolyphic, who was introduced to the world via production and guest vocals on Robust's internationally acclaimed debut "Potholes In Our Molecules" (Galapagos4 2004) as well as his own solo "An Alarm Clock Set For 9:01" (Duck Soup 2004) is sure to be announced to the forefront of underground lyricists world wide. Coupled with seasoned lyricist and pillar of unbridled honesty, Robust, the Sticks form our fiery "F that!!!" to the conformed, stale mold which threatens to destroy our culture and soul.
Stick Figures, as characters in an artwork, are a joke amongst artists. It's child's play; anyone could draw a seemingly simple circle for a head, and five rudimentary lines for the body. But it goes much, much deeper than that. The stick figure represents the complexities of life in a simple way, so that everyone can understand (i.e.: hieroglyphics, cave drawings). BREAKING IT DOWN, not cluttering it up. Lacking only the flashiness that is used to impress the viewer, but distracts them from the real story being told, Robust and Prolyphic profess that a snake rattles from the back but strikes from the front.
Robust and Prolyphic teamed up as Stick Figures to bring back the age old unappreciated art of keeping it raw, simple and to the point... so they made a simple, raw HIP-HOP album that went straight to the point. Going to the bare bone of it all, the roots, with no make up or fancy dress cover ups, and giving it out raw to the people and what you have when its all said is done is a stick figure. No smoke and mirrors.
To combat a world overcompensating for psychological short comings, Stick Figures emerge simply as those two skinny mother fuckers with big heads and deservedly so, as all shall soon see.
added by: Jeff
Outerlimitz - Suicide Prevention
August 20, 2005 by Jefe
Thats RIGHT! The time is now... pre-order the new Outerlimitz "Suicide Prevention" CD from the G4 product page and receive a FREE OL BONUS CD, "Lost Prevention: Unreleased & B-Sides" with 13 extra tracks! Pre-orders begin shipping next Monday August 22nd!
Outerlimitz "Suicide Prevention" CD
Release date: August 30, 2005
"Suicide Prevention", the first official release from Chicagos own OuterLimitz. The collective masterfully constructed a sound that transcends the traditional "boom boom bap, tick tick tick snare" format. Where others have boasted "unique", OuterLimitz delivers. Silences production has confronted the monotonous headlong, leaving no room for excuses, just rhyme and reason. Recycled song structure has been replaced with stunning soundscapes and passionate deliveries. The energy brought forth from this talented trio is something that hip hop has been missing. OuterLimitz is a return to the originality and fire that both hip hop and the thinking world have been dying for.
The flawlessly designed production serves as the perfect canvass for the emcees to topple topics ranging the complete spectrum of consciousness. OuterLimitz is hip hops wake up call, the much needed challenge to not only think outside of your box, but to be outside of your box. OuterLimitz.
Qwa, He.llsent and Silence bring change. And since anything that doesnt change is dead.... Are you ready for a world where death doesnt exist?
Welcome to the OuterLimitz.
Recorded and conceptualized over the last year and a half, this project will open doors for themselves and other like-minded individuals. OuterLimitz is known for their work on Chicagos Frontline Records as a crew and as solo artists, and have toured the US extensively with acts such as Typical Cats, Living Legends and Visionaries. Qwa (aka Qwazaar) is also a member of Typical Cats, whose 2 releases on Galapagos4 have been certified as underground classics. He also released a solo album, "Walk Thru Walls", in 2001.
Album to be released on Galapagos4, August 30 2005
Mixed by The Grouch from Living Legends
Mastered by Evren Goknar @ Capitol Records Mastering
"Packaged In Plastic" b/w "Hypnotic" 12" dropping mid-August on Galapagos4
"Suicide Prevention" CD dropping August 30 on Galapagos4
added by: Jefe
Mestizo & Mike Gao - Blindfaith CD
July 20, 2005 by Dallas Jackson
Mestizo & Mike Gao "Blindfaith" CD
release date: August 2nd 2005
In the midst of chaos and conflict amongst humanity, here emerged a voice for the generation of lost children searching for faith. While most people of planet Earth concern themselves with self-preservation in the form of a dollar bill, the future of our civilization lies in the hands of an unconscious faith.
The album title is self-explanatory. Concepts conceived out of total disbelief, during the re-election of our nations president and the end of our say in the function of our America. Mestizo is a man of extraordinary views on the systematic make up of todays existence. The characters of his thoughts are a volatile portrayal of the meaning of Blindfaith, his second full length album release.
The adamant and meticulous Mike Gao is the newest producer to flourish from the Galapagos4 family tree. One of the youngest and most promising producers coming out of the west coast, Mikes barmy style of hypnotizing rhythms and detailed instrumentation serves as faultless and dramatic scenery for Blindfaiths ear catching outbursts of truth.
Mestizo has been turning heads and gaining worldwide interest and respect with fans and artist alike since his decision to show his face to the independent world. With the attention caught from Mestizos first official Galapagos4 release Lifelikemovie, Blindfaith will mark the start of a new era of apocalyptic driven advocates.
Mestizo & Mike Gao - Redden Rise snippet
Mestizo & Mike Gao - Pick Up 52s snippet
added by: Dallas Jackson
Tuff Love Tour
June 29, 2005 by Royce
Tuff Love Tour featuring
Royce, Denizen Kane, Mestizo, Mike Gao and Dan One
- Fri July 29th @ The Abbey Pub
- 3420 W. Grace $10 18+ w/Qwel, OuterLimitz, Meaty Ogre, Maker, Dr.Jones, Offwhyte
San Antonio TX. - Sun July 31 @ Atomix
-1902 McCullough,18 + 21+ to drink/$8 M $5 F w/ lotus tribe
Tuscon AZ. - Tues Aug 2 @ The Congress
-311 E Congress St. w/2mex & the shapeshifters
Phoenix AZ -Weds Aug 3 @ The Paper Heart
-750 nw grand ave -18+ with 2mex and the shapeshifters
Flagstaff AZ. - Thurs 4 @ Mogollon -
15 N Agassiz St 1$ cover 21+
San Diego CA. - Fri 5 @ Chula Vista
RANCHO DEL REY CULTURAL ARTS CENTER - all ages
LA CA. - Sun 7 @ Terrace Restaurant, formerly Cuerna Vaca
-443 East Colorado Blvd, Pasadena CA 18+
San Francisco CA. - Mon 8 @ Milk Bar
- 1804 Haight St. $5. 21+
Seattle WA. - Weds 10 @ Rainbow W/ ROBUST
722 NE 45th St, 21 + . The cover is $5 or free with student i.d. before midnight
Olympia WA. - Thurs 11@ The Mark
- 407 Columbia (with saints of everyday failures)
added by: Royce
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