[Monthly Recap] Al Lover
On a monthly basis, Dead Horse March will be requesting that its writers reach deep down inside themselves to sift through the many discoveries that they have made that month and pick the artist who lies closest to their heart. This is the metaphorical mountain top where we will stand and scream out “I love ____, I’m so glad I found you, ____!” We want to shed light on recent discoveries who do not have just one song or album in particular that we need to share, but an artist we are just excited about in general for past, present and future projects.
I’m pleased to announce my great discovery for this month. Without a doubt it would be Al Lover, a Bay Area producer who I found earlier this month when I was searching for some Night Beats songs and stumbled upon his Distorted Reverberations (of Reverberating Distortion) tape where he sampled Night Beats’ “H-Bomb.” I was instantly enamored with his style and class in mixing rock and rap. He stated in an interview with WIRETAP his inspiration comes from his longtime love of rap and rock & roll. I usually would stay away from any combination of the two preparing to hear something resembling Lincoln Park or P.O.D. But he does it well. Really well in fact. He’s been gaining much notoriety for his “melding of garage and psychedelic rock into spacey boom bap style hip hop instrumentals.” The outcome is this druggy 60’s style grungy rock with a heavy beat.
If you’re a fan of the Beastie Boys, he has a Beastie Boys – Car Thief & Stop That Train remix as a tribute to the late MCA. Here are some words from Lover:
“In honor of a great man, Adam Yauch – who throughout my formative years onto adulthood inspired me in countless ways, I have remixed a couple track from one of the greatest hip hop records ever recorded, Paul’s Boutique. This album has had such an impact on my life and my art and I wouldn’t be doing what I do today without it. Rest in Peace MCA, you were a beautiful person and may the positive impact of your life and creativity vibrate through the universe eternally.”
– Al Lover via Impose
The last tape I want to share with you is his Distorted Reverberations (of Reverberating Distortion). Within a few days I searched for Seattle band Night Beats and King Tuff’s song “Sun Medallion,” so I felt it this discovery was meant to be. It’s all pretty brilliant, but some personal favorites are his remix’s of Thee Oh Sees “If I stay too long,” Night Beats “H-Bomb,” and King Tuff “Sun Medallion” Take a listen:
I spent hours on his band camp because I couldn’t stop clicking ‘next!’ He has all of his collections online, most of which is free to download. It’s all here!