Lord Rao + Cupp Cave + Herrmutt Lobby Present: ‘Woof’
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Words by sodalitesays…
Firstly I’d like to say F*@#dat…Beatsters Herrmutt Lobby teamed up with Lord Rao aaand Cupp Cave!!! Are you ready???
“Woof” has arrived and it promises to deliver illness of biblical proportions but instead of cubits and yards we talking 8bits and bars!
The production is the first thing that gripped me but then again I’m a sucker for destruction; dirty samples, low res pads and disjointed percussion… “these are just some of my favourite things” (shoutout to Ms Julie)
As case in point check out the track “Break” a trilateral onslaught on the senses Lord Rao is unstoppable on Raps with Cupp + Herm the trio crush enough bits to make a llama turn green with envy.
Another favourite is “foil helmet” Lord Rao ventures beyond the curtain to declassify the identity of his local fishmonger sleeper cell. All in a days work right…all this while dodging sniper fire and untrustworthy pets … I myself sport a foil beanie from time to time
In closing Woof is a mind melting belter, one that has all the hallmarks of a cult classic, somthing along the lines of a Tarrantino flick…without the overt racism
Additional album info
“This rap shit is cool but it’s easier climbing mountains.”
In 2009, Herrmutt Lobby released a criminally underrated album called “Hunter“, a perfect marriage between the sort of hip-hop production that has come to define the so-called beat scene (known in Belgium as offbeat, a most appropriate name) and raw raps from L.A. rapper Non, of Shadowhuntaz fame. It was an album that captured a beautiful moment in time. “WOOF” is a similar tour de force, one that Herrmutt – who produced the music with help from their longtime partner Cupp Cave – describes as a raw homage to hip-hop and its disciplines.
This time the raps come courtesy of Lord Rao, the Kryptonian sun god that inhabits the strange universe of Kashmere’s mind. A self-confessed “Kool Keith baby,” Kashmere has a penchant for aliases. And just like Keith, he’s also nifty with the punchlines, cultural references, and fantastical scenarios.
“The Feds are watching you watching porn back in Africa.”
“WOOF“ was recorded over distance, using email and imagination. It starts with the beats: gritty, dusty, bumpy. A bag of woozy melodies, furious scratches, digital sonorities, and pulsating bass lines coming at you with no attachment to the grid, only your inner funk. It continues with a vibe, from which Kashmere constructs his raps. At the end of it are conspiracy theories (‘Foil Helmet’), sexual fantasies (‘Freakazoid’), existentialist crisis (‘Donuts’), video game trips (‘Break’), and environmental eulogies (‘Inhale’).
A famous rapper once said: “rap is something you do, hip-hop is something you live.” But that was then, and this is now. Rap can make sense of our lives just as hip-hop can help us understand the world around us. Or not. The choice is up to you.
– Words by Laurent Fintoni