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Ugly Heroes (Apollo Brown, Verbal Kent, and Red Pill) Publish Video For Lead Track Off Upcoming Second Album

Posted by Billyjam, May 24, 2016 11:32pm | Post a Comment

In preparation for the release next month of their anticipated second album, Everything In Between, hip-hop group Ugly Heroes  this week published the music video for "Unforgiven" off the hip-hop power trio's forthcoming album to arrive in Amoeba next month. The Detroit/Chicago trio is comprised of Detroit producer Apollo Brown, Chicago emcee Verbal Kent, and Detroit rapper Red Pill. The new album will be released by Mello Music who also issued their 2013 Ugly Heroes self titled debut album and (in conjunction with Fat Beats) the November 2014 Ugly Heroes EP. Each accomplished artists in their own right, Apollo Brown's last solo album was September's Grandeur (also on LP) released last September which was the same month Verbal Kent released his last solo Anesthesia  (also on LP)  Meanwhile Red Pill's last release was the Day Drunk EP released back in November on the Mello Music Group label which released each of the other two Ugly Heroes' solo releases.

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Prolific Producer L'Orange Unleashes His Finest Work To Date: "The Orchid Days"

Posted by Billyjam, May 14, 2014 06:40am | Post a Comment

L'Orange "The End (feat. Billy Woods)" from The Orchid Days (2014)


Hot on the heels of his collaborative album with Stik Figa (The City Under The City) talented prolific producer L'Orange now returns just six months later with more of his refreshingly unique sound: the highly recommended The Orchid Days that was released last month and that, like City, comes via the high caliber indie label Mello Music Group. "Two and a half years ago I got out a piece of paper and wrote down every single thing I wanted to do in the next year and at the very bottom of it I wrote Mello Music Group," the artist told me of finding his ideal label home after self-releasing some free albums digitally. "This is where I have seen myself for a long time and it is definitely an honor to be counted among the roster." His brand new Mello Music release The Orchid Days features carefully selected guest vocalists, (including Blu, Homeboy Sandman, and Billy Woods) on just 7 of its 19 tracks allowing the Nashville based producer to fully stretch and flex his trademark, hypnotically dreamy production style - while interweaving just the right amount of vocal guests to perfectly compliment his (and their) styles - all the while subtly moving the album's storyline along. The Orchid Days storyline is the story of love - finding love, falling in love, and then losing it and missing it - a story told via random soundbites expertly assembled - to the backdrop of an old world mood crafted by building layer upon layer of dreamy jazzy  grooves from digging deep into really old jazz records with flutters of dramatically engaging soundbites/samples (handpicked over time by  L'Orange) from old black and white movies, along with, often static sounding, classic old radio broadcasts. These samples along with the mood created by the musical backdrop tell a story that strongly hint that there was some specific romantic figure in L'Orange's life that inspired The Orchid Days. So I asked the artist was there a specific girl in mind as he recorded the album? "Of course there's a girl. I'm a poet," he replied adding. "Since that's not a satisfying answer I'll tell you something I haven't told anyone yet- she's on the album cover." [above left]

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