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Ras G – El-Aylien Part 1 (Leaving Records)

Ras G - El-Aylien Part 1 (Leaving Records)

Futurist sonic collagist Ras-G delves even deeper in to the realm of psychonautic travelling in his most recent tape release “El-Aylien Part 1″ on the fantastic Los Angeles based label Leaving Records. In this cosmo-cerebro mixtape, Ras G sculpts temporal abstractions of music concrete which traverse strange new sonic territory in a wonky dimension of space hop. Weaving a vague narrative through spoken word samples of Sun Ra, Ras G alludes to himself as a beat-making astral traveller trapped in Los Angeles. In these collages, he voyages through contorted regions of the sound spectrum further than most have dared to venture. El-Aylien diverges from his earlier releases, in that it is exponentially more abstract and largely rhythmically deconstructive. It is also fairly brief – consisting of only 12 minutes of original music (plus two remixes), El-Aylien is a somewhat modest collection of short musical essays. Both promising and exciting, yet teasing and stranding, this release is a tantalising artefact precursing what is sure to be an immense future event.

In true testament to the fast-growing catalog of Leaving Records, this release forms a crucial addition to an evolving genre of insane electro-hip hop beat making. This new breed of psychedelic production is a truly dope hybrid of hip hop, dubstep, dance and weirdo music which can be enjoyed on so many levels. The tape itself comes with trading cards, looks absolutely incredible and is available as a limited release of 200. However, it is also available as a digital download via Boomkat and iTunes. Fans will be excited to hear that Ras-G is touring Australia 22nd – 24th July. I highly recommend checking out Ras G and Leaving Records.

Camryn Rothenbury

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