|MH-219 Villain Accelerate - Maid Of Gold
Coming off a string of well received productions including work for Sage Francis' Personal Journals, his instrumental classic, Duration, his latest Vertical Form LP, Antagonist Survival Kit as well as a multi-record deal with Ninja Tune, Montreal transplant Sixtoo joins forces with his old production mate Stigg of the Dump to form the group Villain Accelerate. Their debut, Maid of Gold, may be the most accomplished instrumental release in the Mush catalog. A sonic barrage of breakneck drums, dark samples, pulsing bass, and unsettling electronics, it is the work of a hip-hop production team with the engineering chops of the most sonically skilled drum and bass producer. Maid of Gold is destined to be a staple of the Mush catalog.
|They seamlessly mix dark, flowing beats with a bevy of eccentric concrete-ish sonics - XLR8R / Hardly has a familiar groove felt so comfortable - Entertainment Weekly / May make you want to nod your head, dance, start a revolution, start a fight, or just chill out - Hip-Hop DX / Polished and remarkably dusky-dark instrumental hip-hop - Undercover
|The teaming-up of Sixtoo and Stigg of the Dump took place a couple of years ago as Buck 65 joined the mix and the Sebutones rocked mics with Stigg on his Still Alive at the Veglia Lounge EP. The results aren't quite the same this time around though as Villain Accelerate are riding a much more calm and relaxed vibe, as Sixtoo and Stigg take you on a peaceful instrumental journey. Using quiet drum sequences and a lot of piano and live instrumentation, Maid of Gold is a very low-key affair. There are some very beautiful moments on this collaboration and you do get equal parts of the producers who manage to create something that isn't quite what each would spawn as individuals. Arising from the bedtime beats are standout cuts like "Postcards" which seems to have its way with those annoying police sirens as the pair stretch out the squad car's blare over some lush Rhodes. "Revisit" explores some more electronic-based beats and pulses and 'Hard Whispers' delivers a solid kick drum and introduces it to P-Love's subtle turntable manipulations. Save this joint for when you want to kick back and relax and turn off your mind for an hour. - Exclaim!