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Ceschi - The One Man Band Broke Up
Vinyl LP
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The One Man Band Broke Up

Equinox Records

Released: 28th June 2010 | 13 track leftfield/idm album
New Haven songwriter/multi-instrumentalist/rapper Ceschi Ramos (pronounced chess-key) and Berlin producer DJ Scientist initially connected around 2005 over a mutual adoration of rare 60s/70s psychedelic, prog and folk rock as well as 90s 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 (of Electric President), 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 Cesch''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 (of Freestyle Fellowship), 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. However you take in this music - it is undeniable that 'The One Man Band Broke Up' is a powerful new album coming from an indie hip hop world that has largely become stagnant and safe. This record isn't afraid of its own intelligence, technicality and sincerity.
"The One Man Band Broke Up is one of the best conceptual hip hop records to drop in the past decade."
URB Magazine
"A significant piece of art."
Okayplayer Magazine
"Stylistically confident and impressive - Ceschi and DJ Scientist are travelling through creative spheres beyond any kind of the same old same old."
Juice Magazine
"The Ceschi album is AMAZING. Holy shit!"
Buddy Peace
"Ceschi is a supremely talented MC who clearly has his finger on a fresh, new pulse of alternative hip-hop."
ESM Magazine
"This LP is a triumph of triumphs. As inventive as any Rawkus jewel, and much kinder to the ear than the labyrinthine babbling that followed at Def Jux"
The Boston Phoenix
"Some of the best examples of alternative hip hop in recent years. (4.5 of 5)"
Matthew Healy,
"Ceschi’s new album is going to blow people away"
"One of my favourite hip hop album of recent times"
Laurent Fintoni, Rhythm Incursions / Spin