Kool A.D.

Kool A.D.

Cult Days, Berdmajik, Static Brothers

Sun, February 19, 2017

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

$13.00 - $15.00

This event is 21 and over

Kool A.D.
Kool A.D.
Kool A.D. grew up in San Francisco-- while this is a well-known fact, it's not one that's acknowledged particularly often. It's understandable considering Das Racist have become entrenched in N.Y.'s cultural milieu in so many different ways that their music has been embraced as something like a metaphor for a certain kind of lifestyle in the city. You can ascertain Victor Vazquez's Cali roots as a matter of relativity, being that Queens native Heems is more assertive as both a rapper and as a media presence. But otherwise, outside of calling himself the "second-best rapper with glasses after E-40," it's tough to pinpoint much influence even when you know it's there. All of which makes Kool A.D.'s second mixtape of 2012, 51, a surprise and a long time coming: Recorded entirely in Oakland with a heavy presence of Bay Area producers and rappers, it's a testament to his heretofore untested malleability, a new way to hear the old Kool A.D.-- something which the admirable, if loopy outré R&B of The Palm Wine Drinkard got only half right.

He takes every opportunity to enthusiastically serve as a tour guide ("Couple blocks from the sun dial/ Candlestick Park, south one mile/ Alameda, Walnut, St. Anthony"), drop slang, and rhyme over out-the-trunk 808s ("Ticky Ticky") and near-hyphy rhythms ("Manny Pacquiao") to let you know he's making himself at home again. Overall, though, 51 feels more like a comprehensive California thing, specifically mid-2000s Stones Throw in both sound and structure with the "for the love" generosity of recent E-40 tossed in. There's an intelligent stream-of-consciousness here, something along the lines of Madlib's work as Quasimoto or Guilty Simpson's overlooked OJ Simpson. To isolate a particular five-minute run, the typically dense "Donda" ("I'm so emotional like Thursday/ Cherchez anything/ So Diddy with it/ Looking for a check with like 50 digits") abruptly cuts to a Dylan sample ("Biz vs. Nudge") and then 15 seconds later, a screwed Young L production named after British art maven and media provocateur Damien Hirst where Kool A.D., Dope G, and MondreM.A.N. are outfitted with aluminum voiceboxes.
Cult Days
Cult Days
In the video for her new song "Time Away," Iran-born and California-raised artist Cult Days creates a personal space for us to get to know her a little better. With the camera's close-up focus on her face, she captivatingly sings the lyrics, Even lovers need a holiday, far away from the one that I love—which is borrowed from this old rock song—over a digital melody. The mood feels halfway between romantic and melancholic. Set against the sunset backdrop of the Baja California region of Mexico, the video was shot by her husband Kool A.D. "Time Away" is taken from her third album, Neon Rose, which was written over eight years and features production from Andros Rodriguez, Com Truise, XXXChange, KOOL A.D., and more.
Berdmajik
Berdmajik
Berdmajik is an electro-soul/pop band from Philadelphia, PA. The music is written by Donnie Felton (also known for his work with Grubby Little Hands) who performs as a solo act and occasionally with the support of Chad Brown on drums.
Berdmajik mesmerizes audiences with soulful incantations cloaked in boom-bap, head-nodding rhythms and rich, electro-pop textures. Berdmajik's sound was born on his middle school courtyard, where Felton would play bass clarinet while a friend played lunchbox drums for whoever would listen. Looping clarinet melodies are still featured prominently in live Berdmajik sets to this day. Our introduction to this new artist comes in the form of his dazzling debut single, Circles, a preview of a full length in the works via Golden Brown.
Static Brothers
Static Brothers
Bio: Static Brothers are a Philadelphia-based noise/hip hop act active since 2009. They deliver psychedelic space rhymes over noisy beats that will have you nodding your head while tripping over your own feet.
Venue Information:
Kung Fu Necktie
1250 N Front Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19122
http://kungfunecktie.com/

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