Release Date: Jun 29, 2004
Record label: Plug Research
Genre(s): Indie, Electronic, Rap
Just when it looked as though mainstream pop and hip-hop had conquered all, with beats from the ubiquitous Neptunes creating the ultimate in computer funk that dominated the ears of serious techno-heads and MTV teens alike, the underground, once dissipated into genre specific camps, came together to up their game and generate their own cross-cultural sounds that didn't have to be tucked away as guilty pleasures. This underground nation "supergroup" demonstrates what can happen when the most open-minded of electronic and hip-hop artists bring their A-game to the studio. Beginning as a collaboration by So-Cal experimental label Plug Research owner Allen Avanessian and virtual crossover boy Jimmy Tamborello (whose Postal Service project with indie star child Ben Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie has already scaled over the commercial radio wall), the pair were brought together by German minimalist dub label Scape and offered a cast of players, including Kompakt technician Thomas Fehlmann and some of L.