Release Date: 27th November 2020
Here is the story of the Silhouettes Project as told by its founders Jaden and Asher: "We started The Silhouettes Project in February 2019, to shine a light on the new generation of underground Hip-Hop, Jazz, and Soul music in the UK. Community is everything to us, and we wanted to show that with a proper support network, access to professional facilities, and the encouragement of a family of artists, our community could produce something incredible. We felt a joint frustration that the current music scene in the UK only had structures in place to support talent of a certain genre whilst overlooking a buzzing alternative Hip-Hop culture. We wanted to unify artists who are making ground-breaking music but who are in need of a solid structure to work within - artists who we felt deserved more recognition. This led us to the name 'The Silhouettes Project', as we wanted to shine a light on those artists in the shadows. The journey started by embarking on a collaborative album project which allowed us to bring together more than 30 artists on a single tape and to create a network of incredibly talented artists of the same calibre. The album took more than a year, working almost every day at the Root 73 studio, a community space in Hackney. We knew from the first few sessions that we were on to something, and the energy around the project kept it moving. As artists ourselves we understood that the creative process can be challenging and sometimes isolating, especially when there is no clear support network to fall back on. This led us to bring our efforts into the physical realm by organising a series of free live music events for all of these artists to come to, showcase their work alongside our house band, and connect with each other. These events take place at The Total Refreshment Centre in Dalston, an underground studio complex and warehouse space, which gave the events an intimate community feeling and the people a sense of belonging. There is a desperate need for spaces in which people can come together and develop their creative potential, especially with the consistent withdrawal of funding from the arts sector in the UK and with the constant threat of gentrification which has seen the closure of countless community and grassroots creative organisations. As we grew as a brand and organisation, we began to fully understand the importance of what we were doing. From the studio sessions to the events, we saw the impact on people's outlooks on their own careers, we saw them grow in confidence in performing and collaborating and even taking their own initiative to utilise the network provided for them. We heard their feedback, we felt the excitement in the atmospheres at our events and studio sessions, and we saw the community grow every time we brought it together."
a1. Bel Cobai & Lex Amor - At the Bay
a2. Manik MC & Elisa Imperilee - July
a3. Enny - For South
a4. Louis The Hippie - Blessings
a5. Summers Sons, Majical & C.Tappin - Free Your Mind
a6. KeepVibesNear & Nix Northwest - What U Need
a7. Summer-Pearl - Rising
a8. Natty Wylah - Eucalyptus
b1. Kofi Stone & Joe Beard - Like We Used To
b2. Elisa Imperilee - Closer
b3. Pedro Retro & Meron T - Standing There
b4. Kosher & Eerf Evil - Chase It
b5. Turt & Stephanie Santiago - The Process
b6. Kieron Boothe & Morgan Lorelle - No Peace
b7. Louis The Hippie - Fruits
Release date: 2nd April 2021
1 - an object found by an artist and displayed with no, or minimal, alteration as a work of art.
2 - an album by Twit One with 16 songs that draw inspiration and sounds from different paths of life and music. The elusive guest list includes Reginald Omas Mamode IV from London, Kurt Wagner (Lambchop) from Nashville and Cologne-based artists Keshavara and Imam Ally Salaam. "Objets Trouvés" is Twit One's third solo album on Melting Pot Music. If we count in his projects with Hulk Hodn (as Testiculo Y Uno), Summers Sons (as Syrup), Lazy Jones (as Flatpocket), Count Bass D and Fleur Earth, we are looking at 10+ LPs (LP stands for longplayer and we emphasize on this because we release every Twit One album on vinyl). In 2009 Twit One started the beatmaker game in Germany together with his good friend Hulk Hodn. Twit was lo-fi a decade before instrumental Hip-Hop became coffee shop music (ask Wun Two or FloFilz) even though he would never use this term to describe his music. These days Twit One plays in a league of his own and has created his own genre: Cool Bap. He is a beat making renaissance man who creates music, artworks and videos. He is a music curator, DJ, radio host and runs a record store (Groove Attack Recordstore, Cologne). If you are looking for music to chill or study to, "Objets Trouvés" might not be the best choice. If you appreciate music that is soulful and eclectic, that knows its roots and carries a sublime message, you should give "Objets Trouvés" a listen. Backed by a team of elusive guests – ranging from London MC/Singer Reginald Omas Mamode IV to Kurt Wagner from US alternative rock icons Lambchop - Twit One is dwelling into HipHop, Soul, Jazz & Funk, like only he can. Unaffected by trends and fashion, his music is characterized by an uncompromising stubbornness and humor that might resonate well with fans of Sun Ra, Dilla or Moodyman (just to name the GOATS ;-)).
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02: Halt Mal
03: Hideo Ochi
04: Seemy 2
07: Imani Yangu (feat. Imam Ally Salaam)
08: By Your Side
09: Go Thru Changes With Me
10: Okami 7
11: Slide Away (feat. Reginald Omas Mamode IV)
12: Eddy St.
13: I Hear Everything (feat. Kurt Wagner & Keshavara)
14: Tofu Break
15: It Takes Two to Tango