Songodsuns (DJ Nobody + 2Mex) premiere 'Do That Trick'
Good luck trying to label DJ Nobody. There was his first incarnation around the turn of the millennium when he produced moody, murky beats for Freestyle Fellowship, Abstract Rude and the helter-skelter rhymers that revolved around the Project Blowed world.
He flipped styles on 2003's "Pacific Drift," enlisting Chris Gunst of Beachwood Sparks, Paul Larson and Jimmy Tamborello of Dntel to croon over his electronic-glossed beats. Later, he and Gunst formed the psychedelic-skewing Mystic Chords of Memory, which segued nicely into the disorienting lysergic bliss of Blank Blue, who have a full-length slated for release early next year.
Last year, Nobody dropped the all-auto-tuned singer/songwriter confessional, "One for All Without Hesitation" -- to say nothing of the beats he's made for Nocando or his weekly stint as one of the four resident DJs at the Low End Theory, where he also puts in heavy work co-booking the club's ever compelling slate.
But in 1998, the first record he ever released was with 2Mex, the erstwhile member of the Visionaries who has spent the last decade and a half entrenched as one of Los Angeles' most celebrated cult rappers. Currently signed to Sage Francis' Strange Famous Records, 2Mex puts Lil Wayne's prolificacy to shame, dropping 35 records in the last dozen years alone. Along the way, he's cut a reputation as the right kind of underground rapper: uncompromised, raw and fiercely original.
Though they've frequently collaborated, Nobody and 2Mex had never cut a full-length record until now. Slated for release on Nobody's own Nobody's Home imprint (distributed by Alpha Pup), "Fallin' Angels" finds the duo getting weird and turning pro.
First single, "Do That Trick," finds them channeling the Cure, "getting high in the park in Highland Park," creating anti-"American Idol" art, meeting South Central sailorettes, and inventing new ways to pay the rent. Nobody creates a scuzzy minimalist banger that allows 2Mex an ideal canvas to "crank call Russell Simmons from Brussels."
Admittedly, this is dropping after trick-or-treat day, but April Fool's will be right around the corner before we know it.
MP3:Songodsuns (DJ Nobody + 2Mex - "Do That Trick"
-- Jeff Weiss