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Posted Oct 14 2014
Recently, Tonedeff shared the motivations and provided deeper context to 13 quotables from his recent Hunter EP with the good people at watchLOUD. This insight begs the broader question – what are YOUR favorite Polymer quotables so far? Share yours in this thread. As always, be sure to comment/like/share the article with friends to show your support of more Tonedeff coverage!
Posted Sep 23 2014
QN5 Music is proud to announce the release of Tonedeff’s third installment of 4 stylistically unique EP’s that will be combined to form his forthcoming album, Polymer.
EP #3, entitled Hunter deals with themes of delusion, self-worth and competitive nature. Featuring guest appearances by PackFM & Substantial of Extended Famm, scratchwork by Rocksteady Crew’s DJ JS-1, and additional production by DJ Static (Immortal Technique, Akir), Hunter stylistically serves as a bridge between traditional Hip Hop motifs and the synth-flavored loftiness of the Polymer album as a whole. Tracks like “Narcissa” and “Competitive Nature” make use of atypical time-signatures, while “And They Watched Him” plays upon fill repetitions to drive it’s point home.
“Polymer is about breaking myself down into fragments, so Hunter is me coming to terms with my own competitive nature in life ,” Tonedeff says of the new release. “I’ve devoted most of my life in pursuit of this cultural idealism that has shaped me for better and for worse, so I needed to really deal with it in an honest way in a style I’m rooted in. These songs are the closest things to traditional ‘Boom Bap on the album’, yet synth-flavored.”
For the third time, the symbol-rich artwork for Hunter was created by Eisner Award Winning illustrator Becky Cloonan, who is illustrating the covers for entire Polymer series of EPs. All songs were written and produced by the multi-talented artist with additional production by DJ Static.
1. And They Watched Him
3. Lucky (feat. Extended Famm)
5. Competitive Nature
All Songs Written & Produced By: Tonedeff
Scratches by: DJ JS-1
Additional Vocals by: Fjer
*Produced By: DJ Static
POLYMER PRE-ORDERS END NOV. 30, 2014
Putting a new thematic slant on the format, Tonedeff’s Polymer consists of 4 separate EPs – each stylistically different from the next and focused on a different facet of his personality. Each EP represents a different “molecule” of Tonedeff, which when collected, form a larger more cohesive unit. EP’s 1 through 3 will be released digitally, with the fourth exclusively available on the final assembled version of Polymer. All music on the project has been produced synthetically to mimic an actual polymer’s synthetic structure.
IMPORTANT NOTE: This is the final window to pre-order one of the limited collector’s edition packages – QN5 is only pressing what is pre-ordered – after that, all Polydisc/Polymorph collector’s editions will be discontinued. Pre-Orders for Polymer are available now @ Tonedeff.com.
Posted Aug 22 2014
With HUNTER EP (Polymer 3/4) right around the corner, Tonedeff drops off an EXCLUSIVE non-album track to hold us over.
An ode to long-distance relationships in the age of Skype & Facetime, “Holograms” is a complete reworking of M83’s track of the same name. With his seamlessly sung/rhymed vocals drenched in the lush cinematic builds the band is known for, Tonedeff weaves a meticulous tale of frustration and longing – alternating a single rhyme scheme every 8 bars for a sweeping verse of epic proportions.
“I’ve been so swamped with Polymer that my brain needed a slight creative diversion,” Tonedeff explains. “This is a dream-collabo for me and I really wanted to invoke a feeling that matched the music, so I wrote about a scenario that I think a lot of people can relate to. It was a challenge, but I’m really proud of how this one turned out.”
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Posted Aug 6 2014
Fresh off the release of the music video, Tonedeff dons his producer cap to provide an exclusive “QN5 RMX” of Fjer’s “Children” single. Enlisting the additional talents of QN5’s Substantial and Rocksteady Crew’s DJ JS-1 to add even more flavor, Tonedeff flips the eerie restraint of the original track into a bombastic, sample-laden break-fest with cuts galore and triumphant synth stabs layered over the Danish singer/songwriter’s wilting piano riff and wistful vocals. This one’s definitely not to be missed.
“Children” is taken from Fjer’s forthcoming concept EP, Beautiful Home which you can pre-order right now via Bandcamp.
Written by: Fjer & Substantial
Produced By: Tonedeff
Scratches: DJ JS-1
Posted Apr 23 2014
RAP MUSIC HAS NEW CLASSIC!! Today marks the release of the album/ mixtape/ skreetLP/ whateverTETRAHEATHEN, by Billyburg’s hardest rapper TRAPAZOYD. Writing, recording & mixing the entire album in under 3 days, Tetraheathen, Trapazoyd enlists the talents of his #commagang movement (MAK BTCHZ, DICKZY, TWERK CAMERON, I.S.S.R., Z1PZ, AWBREE, and the still-incarcerated POPPOP) to deliver a classic on par with Nas’ Illmatic.
Whether it’s taking aim at haters on “Spinnin”, (“Dikkshunary nikkuhs wanna talk smart/ Hit them with a bat in their mouth parts”), extolling service as a virtues of love on “If U Luh Me”, or abolishing gay stereotypes on “Tetraheathen”, Trapazoyd show beyond the shadow of a doubt that his appeal is far reaching. Fans of smoked-out ride-alongs will revel in the anatomical lesson of “Kittehs On My Limbz” and hard-rock G’s can clean their arsenal of weapons with “Rumpapumpum” as their soundtrack. Tetraheathen has something for everyone and is a ‘PAY WHAT YOU WANT’ release available now at TRAPAZOYD.COM.
When asked about the production of this instant classic, Trapazoyd shared his innermost personal thoughts on his motivations and the process:
DEEZ NIKKUHS AYNT FUKKIN WIT ME YAHURD??? WE SPENT 3 WHOLE DAYZ ON DIS SHIT CAUZE ITS DAT SERIOUS. 460 EP FROM MY NIKKUH MAK BTCHZ WUZ DUN IN A DAY AND DAT SHIT WUZ KLASSIK SO IMMAJIN DIS SHIT. DA BEST SHIT OUT 2014 NO DOWT NIKKUH!! ONLY KLASSIK SHIT NIKKUH!! #COMMAGANG – TRAPAZOYD
1. INTRO NIKKUH
4. HEY SELFIE BITCH
5. SLAPPYN SAKZ (FT. I.S.S.R.)
6. KITTEHS ON MY LIMBZ
7. RUMPPAPUMPUM (FEAT. Z1PZ & MAK BTCHZ)
8. WEJJIE (FEAT. DICKZY)**
9. POPKORN (FT. TWERK CAMERON & POPPOP)
11. IF U LUH ME (FT. AWBREE)
12. OWTRO NIKKUH
WRITTEN BY: TRAPAZOYD FOR #COMMAGANG
ALL SUNG VOCALS BY: AWBREE // **“WEJJIE” BY: DICKZY
PRODUCED BY: 99CENTBEATZ.COM
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: TEE SOPRANO & MAK BTCHZ