While Flying Lotus, Nosaj Thing and Gaslamp Killer absorb most of the international attention lavished on the Low End Theory, less discussed is the interplay between the Lincoln Heights Weekly and the Project Blowed scene. Granted, Nocando, the spot's lone rapping resident is an alumni of the legendary South L.A. rap graduate school, but Lincoln Heights club the Airliner has regularly hosted the likes of both new Blowedians (Dumbfoundead, Open Mike Eagle, Intuition) and veterans like Busdriver, Aceyalone, and Abstract Rude.
Tonight marks the debut of E. Super, a quartet of producers compromised of Maestroe, Kuest1, Alwayz Prolific, and Alpha MC, whose stellar "Side A" was released Tuesday on Nocando's Hellfyre Club imprint, a subsidiary of Alpha Pup. Unlike many of the younger laptop fiends emanating from the Low End, E. Super have steadily building a rep over the last decade, collaborating with everyone from their fellow Blowedians to Stones Throw-signed Oh No, to underground heavyweights Casual and Prince Po."I initially only planned to release rap records but I'm putting this record out because these are the beatmakers who have stuck behind the young L.A. rappers and help create the sound of Open Mike Eagle, Dumbfoundead, Verbs, Intuition, Satyre, and myself," Nocando said. "They've been winning beat battles and beat showcases for years in this city. As soon as Maestroe told me that he had an instrumental project with Prolific, Kwest and Alpha MC, I told them that I'd release it on my imprint."
"Side A" finds them incorporating everything from 80s funk to Giorgio Moroder, 8-Bit nostalgia, hard-core hip-hop and the occasional Radiohead sample. For an all-instrumental album, it's surprisingly song-driven and deceptively melodic. Though it feels slight at just 21 minutes and 14 tracks, E Super make the best kind of impression, one that leaves you waiting to hear Side B.
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MP3: E. Super-"We Super"
E. Super, Tonight at Low End Theory at the Airliner, 2419 N. Broadway, 9 p.m. $10, $5 for members.
-- Jeff Weiss
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