CHURCH OF WHEN THE SHIT HITS THE FAN are rapper HQ (Harlequinade) and producer AA (Asthmatic Astronaut). Selected from hundreds of entrants to play the T-Break Stage at T-in-the Park in 2011, and with radio support and press coverage from the likes of Radio 1, The Scotsman, The List, The Skinny and The Sun, the band’s unique doom-crunk gospel movement is on the rise. Black Lantern is proud to present as our fortieth release, the hotly-anticipated follow up to their debut EP ‘Octo-Gate / Locust Ritual,’ simply titled COWTSHTF 2.
COWTSHTF 2 features a combination of surreal lyrical gymnastics and bombastic thermonuclear beats and runs the gauntlet from dancefloor-bangers through to hard hitting adrenaline rushes to odd psychedelic trips, delivering a true mind-fuck amalgam of sound and imagery.
Asthmatic Astronaut is one of the most in-demand producers in the Scottish hip-hop/electronica scene. He has been released by Tru Thoughts, Wah Wah 45s and has appeared on both volumes of the Stac remixes alongside luminaries such as Bonobo, Blue Daisy and Kid Kanevil. Originally discovered by Japanese label
De:jine Records, he went on to tour with the consciously positive live-rap extravaganza Underling, playing with everyone from El-P, Roots Manuva, Mike Ladd and Aesop Rock to DJ Vadim.
Harlequinade is a vocalist/rapper who also performs with the Chemical Poets and Sileni. A veteran of poetry slams, he was the StAnza Slam Champion 2010 and has competed on an international level as part of Scotland’s Slam Team. Fusing influences from black clown, Dadaism, Samuel Beckett, Lovecraft and Bill Burroughs into hip-hop swagger, he is “a virtuoso display, like a jolt of electricity to the head” (The Skinny).
Get to the OFFICIAL COWTSHTF 2 LAUNCH PARTY at Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh on 8th July, with support from TICKLE, TEXTURE and KROWNE, and catch them playing the T-Break Stage at T-in-the Park on Saturday 9th July.
Their debut EP, ‘OctoGate / Locust Ritual' is still available for free download from Black Lantern Music.
Drawing on chaos magick, heartbreak, dream logic and deviance, ‘Parasomnia’ is by turns hypnotic, disturbing and majestic. Texture’s final EP in the ‘Neuroleptica’ trilogy sees him entering darker waters than on ‘Aphasia’ and ‘Synaesthesia.’
The first track ‘Victimae’ is an instrumental hip-hop break with chopped and screwed vocal samples and backwards chanting. On ‘Come Home,’ he collaborates with Irish hip-hop producer dustmotes (Public Spaces Lab) for an acerbic, bitter, but beautiful heartbreak track. On ‘Flipping Over,’ Texture, Krowne and DJ Symatic revisit a track from Krowne’s ‘Orders From Mars’ EP, turning it into a dark and feral weird-sex-and-drugs rant. On ‘Assassin’s Creed,’ Monkeytribe (who previously worked with rapper Soom T, of Jahtari / Mungo’s HiFi) provides a menacing hip-house background for Texture’s analysis of the credo of Hassan-i-Sabbah – ‘Nothing Is True, Everything Is Permitted.’