New Haven songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/rapper Ceschi Ramos (pronounced chess-key) and Berlin producer DJ Scientist (Günter Stöppel) initially connected around 2005 over a mutual adoration of rare 60's/70's Psychedelic, Prog and Folk Rock as well as 90's Hip Hop. On their first record together, The One Man Band Broke Up, both gentlemen evoke their influences creating a completely original sounding, melodic, dark and unabashedly progressive Hip Hop concept album.
Based around the ever revisited topic of the rise and fall of a musician, in this case one named Julius and The Bearded Saviour, "The One Man Band Broke Up" is as much about Ceschi's own fear of failure as it is about personal experiences in a dog eat dog music industry. As Ceschi's voice moves from meticulous almost mathematical rhythms to aggressive nearly punk howling to scat like rhymes, Scientist layers epic montages of samples, dynamic drums, along with chopped live instruments to compliment the diversity of styles. The album even slides in two of Ceschi's acoustic based tunes complete with violins, banjos and ukuleles. Friends including Sole, Astronautalis, Radical Face, 2econd Class Citizen, Cars & Trains and MiC K!NG also contribute instrumentation and vocals.
The combined outcome is a Post-Modern Hip Hop project unlike anything else the two musicians have previously released. It's been four years since Ceschi's last album They Hate Francisco False slowly but surely gathered a following around the world because of its honest and unique blend of left field hip hop and indie folk. During that recording hiatus Ceschi relentlessly toured the US, Canada, Europe and Japan with independent hip hop heroes such as Myka 9, Awol One, Sole and Onry Ozzborn all while starting his own successful record label, Fake Four Inc., and recording his latest album with Equinox Records' Founder DJ Scientist.
released 21 June 2010
Ceschi - All lyrics except for guest verses
DJ Scientist - Production on all tracks (except on tracks 4 & 10 produced by Ceschi)
Mixed by Dj Scientist and Playpad Circus
Mastered by Jeff Smothers
Artwork by The Raincoat Man
Track 3 - Backing Vocals by Astronautalis, additional guitar, bass, organ and synth by Ceschi
Track 4 - Guitar, Bass, Synth, Banjo, Ukulele by Ceschi, piano and accordion by Max Heath
Track 5 - Additional drum programming by 2econd Class Citizen
Track 6 - Backing vocals by Tommy V
Track 8 - Vocals written by Ceschi, Shoshin, iCON The Mic King, and David Ramos
Track 10 - Guitar, Violin & Glockenspiel by Ceschi
Piano, Steel Pan, and Accordion by Max Heath
Track 11 - Vocals written by Ceschi and Sole
Track 13 - Additional guitar, piano & bass by Ben Cooper aka Radical Face
Chorus vocals by Max Heath, Tom Filepp aka Cars & Trains, and Madeline Johnston