My, How Time Flies II
Our lives and our history are most often represented by the timeline, a straight course from point A to point B. We are born, we go through life, and, eventually, we die. Throughout our existence, we are never fully aware of what percentage of our timelines we have trekked. Every age we reach, we only get 1 year of practice of being that old, which is why sometimes we need to loop back to a place more comfortable than now. Suddenly, we are catching salamanders, chasing fireflies, or sleeping with a light on in our 30s, being either completely oblivious to the harshness of the world or aware of it and attempting to keep it away. Sometimes we reach moments of mastery, and pull ahead because as children, we may be forced to grow years in a second as we encounter love or loss. In our 20s, we may sit on front porches and chatter with the wisdom of the elders, or we may face a diagnosis that shakes us because it introduces us to our autumn colors earlier than anticipated. With the constant looping, pulling, spinning, twisting, and coiling, our time line becomes a ball of yarn, wrapped around itself, traveling back and forth from beginning to end.
Producer Brass Clouds (Horsefeathers) and emcee Lucas Dix (Jellyfish Brigade, Shut-ins and the Colony) have teamed up to form BCxLD. Together, the Portland based hip hop duo present My, How Time Flies, a four part EP series to be released throughout 2016. With Brass Clouds’ all original instrumentation and Dix’s heart-on-his-sleeve songwriting, the pair creates a project that intertwines elements of hip hop, electronic, R&B, and folk; a project that zig zags through the calendar of us, highlighting the highs, lows, and everything in-between.
My, How Time Flies II features Great the Man, McJameson (Iame and Goldini Bagwell), Dig Mode, Elton Cray, and David Lincoln Mann. It will be available for pay what you want download on Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 at http://bcxld.bandcamp.com. It will also be available via iTunes and Spotify.
Press for Part II
Brass Clouds and Dix make for a good pairing. Clouds is great at producing intimate, dreamy beats that utilize everything form strings and xylophone samples to synthesizers and drum machines. Dix has a low, gruff voice, and a smooth delivery that complements this soundscape nicely.
BCxLD try a few different things out on the second volume of their collaboration, and they don’t all work as well as others, but when things click, they begin to reach a special level. There aren’t a lot of acts hitting on the sweet spot of lush compositions and mature-yet-playful lyricism in the way that these two do. I can’t wait to see what the third volume brings us.
We Got Next
When I was about 13-15 years younger and about 30 pounds lighter, I spent my summers playing as much basketball as possible. I woke up and bounced to the gym around 11:00 am, so I could lift for a couple hours. Then I did ball handling and shooting drills until about 3. Around that time, we ran open gym for another hour or two. We'd then hit some food before calling around to see where folks were hooping at for the evening (if we didn't have a summer league game). My peoples and I would go run full until the sun went down. As the fireflies bounced around the yards, I drove everyone home, freestyling over Wu-Tang and Premier beats we jacked off Napster. This song is the first marriage of two of the things I've loved the longest in my life. Peep the visual for "We Got Next" by BCxLD off of My, How Time Flies II.
Making music together as BCxLD, the two have got chill hip hop mastered. With the second installment, My, How Time Flies II, just dropping in May, the duo lay out slickly delivered rhymes over concrete beats, resulting in what's almost like the Pacific Northwest version of Atmosphere. Many tracks call for a contemplative reaction, while others just straigh make you want to bob your head to the beat.
The EP sounds like it’s created from abrasive materials that have been polished into a smooth form. Harsh snares are tempered with reverb, intricate basslines are subtly mixed into proceedings whilst synths and harmonies create a layer of sound that blend the whole experience into something upbeat yet laid back. Dix’s vocals have a similar effect. At times there’s an rough edge to his rap delivery which is counterbalanced by his smoother singing style.
If BCxLD happen to read this, I LOVE the track. I just want it to have what I believe is the desired effect on the listeners. I will say Luca Dix raspy flow compliments Brass Cloud’s low-fi, yet extravagante sound. It’s an avant garde’ approach to the boom bap, golden era. Ahh, just click play and treat yourself.
This song is for anyone who has ever clothespinned sports cards to their bike spokes, played capture the flag/kick-the-can/or ghost in the graveyard as the summer night approached, turned carpet into hot lava, tried to nurse something to life, pretended your stick was a magic wand, or ended the day with grass stains and scraped on your knees. It's how I lived my childhood and how I try to live my adult life.