Pre-order Sadistik's Ultraviolet LP + Stream New Track "1984"
On Ultraviolet, Sadistik closes his eyes tight and reaches out towards the peripheries of perception through introspection and psychedelic escapism, transcribing the vivid images crawling on the dark purple walls of his Seattle studio. The day after he finished recording 2013’s critically acclaimed Flowers For My Father, Sadistik (née Cody Foster) began writing the new record with a head full of acid, left field 60s & 70s cinema and palpable frustration with the world around him.
Falling somewhere on the spectrum between the confessionals of Atmosphere and dark heart of Cage, and inspired by the delivery and ethos of the legendary Eyedea, Seattle-based emcee Sadistik has been a force on the indie scene for the better part of a decade, opening for artists such as Lupe Fiasco and collaborating with the likes of Sage Francis, Astronautalis and Ceschi. He began Ultraviolet as an exercise in creativity, pushing himself to never take a day off and make the best album of his career for the second year in a row.
With production from SXMPLELIFE, Eric G, Maulskull and Kid Called Computer and guest shots from Eyedea, Terra Lopez, Tech N9ne, Sticky Fingaz (of ONYX) and Nacho Picasso, Ultraviolet peels back the layers behind Foster’s synesthesia and reveals the colorful terrain just out of reach in the daytime when “the skies cry 365”. He details a shifting Pacific Northwest cloud cover while referencing everyone from Orwell to Burroughs and examining the self in the era of surveillance and diminishing returns.
Ultraviolet is Sadistik’s unabashed nosedive into the subconscious mind, a three dimensional portrait painted in hues of psychosis and psychedelia. Drawing on his background in clinical psychology and cinematic predilections, he creates a richly layered world of his own and offers the listener a passing glimpse through the keyhole.
Sadistik will be supporting Cage on the Destroy The Archetype Tour beginning in July.Pre-order packages for Ultraviolet include translucent rose vinyl, a book of collected Sadistik lyrics entitled Spellbound, hoodie, shirt, shot glass and 1984 herb grinder.
Long before Kanye West appropriated noise rap to create his new sound, independent artists such as Moodie Black were busy perfecting an art built of swelling distortion and uncomfortable energy.
10 years ago, front man/producer Chris Martinez (simply known as K.) and guitarist Sean Lindahl started Gahed inDie together in their Arizona hometown. Largely going unrecognized, they moved to the indie rap mecca of Minneapolis and developed an extension of their initial noise rap experiments that they eventually titled Moodie Black.
In 2013, Moodie Black finally released a self-titled EP on Fake Four that received almost cultish praise. As noise rap grew in popularity, Moodie Black's sound altered even further. Although the group still cherishes the sound of static, they've developed an extension of noise rap on their first full-length album, NAUSEA, based on industrial yet melodic soundscapes and have embraced minimalism. This is more of a sonic journey than a kick in the face. Like the existential concept of Nausea itself, Moodie Black’s NAUSEA presents basic truths about human nature and existence as its big beats, prodding rhythms, on point lyrical flows, wailing vocals, blissed-out synths and dark guitars come crashing down upon us. Listen with caution.
Factor and Kirby Dominant are putting the finishing touches on their new record Welcome To Success, set to drop in late August on Fake Four. For those unfamiliar with the Paranoid Castle brand, check out their classic track "Orca" on YouTube.
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