Oblique Strategies - Raw Pastiche
Format: 12” Vinyl LP & Digital
Catalogue No.: WST011
Release Date: 4th December 2020
Genre: UK HIp Hop
We Stay True is proud to present - Oblique Strategies ‘Raw Pastiche’ - a collaborative album by Mr Brown & Cappo.
For those with even a passing interest in UK Hip Hop culture, CAPPO needs no introduction. Having released music over the course of at least 20 years and after working with the likes of The P Brothers, Styly Cee, Dj Nappa, Jazz T & Zygote, Sam Zircon, Zero Theory, Apollo Brown and many more - he is widely regarded as one of THE top tier lyricists in the country (if not worldwide). His talent however, doesn’t stop there. Along with producing tracks for himself and others he’s currently working towards a Ph.D. looking into the practice and function of intertextuality in rap lyrics, exploring how certain rappers draw on literary influences in and outside of the rap world, which will include a trilogy of albums, each uniquely illustrating the literary devices he highlights throughout his critical thesis.
Hip Hop fans who have been following the organic growth of the We Stay True imprint, should be familiar with it’s founder Mr Brown and his growing back catalogue. Whether it’s the ‘Beats for Days’ album series or
the collaboration with Confucius MC for ‘The Artform’ - he has consistently shown that his production repertoire can flit perfectly between rich, instrumental soundscapes and psychedelic, sample driven rap tracks. His ability to work specifically for select emcees, coupled
with his passion for engineering, mixing and delivering artistic concepts in both sound and visual media - make him an exciting proposition when it comes to truly collaborative projects like this.
The core ideas and themes behind this project began to crystallize over a number of years as the duo started to record and what we're left with is an 11 track LP entitled 'Raw Pastiche'. Guest features from Confucius MC
on ‘Cognoscenti’ and Cappo’s Notts family and VVV collaborators Vandal Savage & Juga-Naut on ‘Black Out’ bring an additional slice of unique lyricism to the album...... But we think it’s best to just let the music do
the talking here, it speaks for itself.
“This work doesn’t equate to that of Eno and Schmidt, but the intention is there. To articulate an ideology— bring what we have obsessed over, studied and cultivated for years—and present it in unheard, unparalleled
ways. Illustrated in a new shade, but with borrowed tools, wrought from a much-used urn”. Cappo