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Sage Francis
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You overlooked the Kurtis SP "No Passenger" album?  Reply with quote  

This is the best instrumental album of the past year that you may have missed.



Kuris SP, collaborator and song writer on the LI(F)E album, released "No Passenger" completely under the radar a few months ago. But this project deserves more than just a couple thumbs up. More than a few kudos. Kurtis SP is doing something special and it deserves your ear. Check the snippets on this page if you want a taste:

http://www.strangefamousrecords.com/store/kurtis-sp-no-passenger-cd-p-350.html

Other than CD we also have the album available as a digital download:
http://www.strangefamousrecords.com/store/kurtis-sp-no-passenger-mp3-download-p-351.html

Here's a new review from Rave Magazine that just came in:

http://www.ravemagazine.com.au/content/view/19731/180/

What’s in Brisbane’s water supply that we’re turning out world-class instrumental hip hop artists like Kurtis SP and Tigermoth? Is somebody grinding up DJ Krush albums and feeding them into the pipes? If they are it’s working and I’ll gladly begin feeding my copies into the grinder – just doing my bit. Kurtis SP started out as a drummer with live hip hop acts Shin-Ki-Row and 2Dogs and like a lot of drummers who’ve turned beatsmiths, he mixes live instrumentation and samples with a precision that stops you from realising where one ends and the other begins.

This, his debut album representing 10 years of hard work, is a mixscape you can get lost in. It’s a mix of bedroom chillout and survival horror soundtrack, atmospheric enough to give Burial a run for his money. More Soul is, as the name suggests, soulful as all get-out with an extremely funky beat, horns and bongos, which makes a nice break from the late-night, slightly mournful, almost claustrophobic stuff that is No Passenger’s default sound. The Lost Man is straight back into the doomy kind of stuff, focussing on the taut drums. If Kurtis is playing his own drums on this, then nice work. In just over 45 minutes, No Passenger creates a lush landscape that you’ll want to return to again and again.

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Post Wed Mar 17, 2010 8:48 pm
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Neuro
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nice

i'll cop the cd here soon

i thought it was a digital only release
Post Wed Mar 17, 2010 9:51 pm
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sonsofe.d.



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That album is great!!!
Post Thu Mar 18, 2010 11:52 am
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subsketch



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Great album. In my opinion it's right up there with Blockheads 'Music by Cavelight' or Signifys 'Sleep No More'. Instrumental records can easily rub me the wrong way when done badly, but this is so right, really a beautiful record.
Post Sat Mar 20, 2010 7:41 pm
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mancabbage



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i got this, its nice winter music, good stuff, get it before it gets hot init
Post Sat Mar 20, 2010 9:29 pm
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squirtisblow



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damn, really diggin this. i'll have to grab it from the site. ty sf.
Post Sat Mar 20, 2010 11:21 pm
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Neuro
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listen, if you can type out a sentence you can type out the last two words

you in a hurry or sumthin

what the fuck is ty sf
Post Sat Mar 20, 2010 11:26 pm
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G.M Kelly



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Listened to this. Its brilliant. Real soothing at pointsl. 2 Thumbs up from me :)
Post Sun Mar 21, 2010 3:07 am
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remind



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subsketch wrote:
Great album. In my opinion it's right up there with Blockheads 'Music by Cavelight' or Signifys 'Sleep No More'.


I love those two records. I may have to check this out.
Post Sun Mar 21, 2010 10:36 am
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anomaly
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I got this and something about it just didn't click for me. I like dark music, but it was almost too dark and the bass on most the tracks was just annoying. I really wanted to like it after "Hell Of A Year", but something failed.
Post Mon Mar 22, 2010 7:41 am
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T-Wrex
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Neuro wrote:
listen, if you can type out a sentence you can type out the last two words

you in a hurry or sumthin

what the fuck is ty sf


"thank you strange famous".

don't be a hypocrite. you said CD in an earlier post.

it's "compact disc".
Post Mon Mar 22, 2010 8:00 am
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squirtisblow



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lol (laugh out loud), no shit. I wrote that out with a smirk on my face, didn't think anyone would actually bite, though.

I think acronym speak is funny. I have a friend that actually says "brb." I just laugh, now it's kind of a joke with some of my friend and I.

Anyway, these beats are dope, y'all (you all) should check 'em out.
Post Mon Mar 22, 2010 5:31 pm
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T-Wrex
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I pronounce internet acronyms.. BRB is bûrb.
Post Tue Mar 23, 2010 5:23 am
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Captiv8



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Back to the topic at hand, this album is absolutely fantastic. I am by no means well-versed on the world of strictly instrumental hip hop (if that's what this would be categorized as), but this is by far one of the best instrumental records I've heard, period. Kurtis SP captures a mood like nobody's business, certainly better than DJ Shadow or even RJD2. The samples are phenomenal, the beats are crisp, and the theme realized as constant. Terrific album to chill and reflect to.
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