No Passenger is the debut release from Australian producer Kurtis SP, the beatmaker behind Sage Francis’ “Hell Of A Year.” Weaving hundreds of disparate samples, along with touches of live instrumentation, into a thoughtful and evocative tapestry, No Passenger is ntrospective and melancholy, yet positive and hopeful.
Check out Kurtis’ official Australian label press release:
No Passenger, the debut release from Australian producer Kurtis SP, is the culmination of ten years’ development. Kurtis first made a name for himself in the late 90s while playing drums in one of Australia’s first live hip hop groups, Shin-Ki-Row. The Human Drum Machine (as he was once billed) was renowned for simulating the feel of programmed drums on a live kit. Then, wanting the freedom to work independently, things took a turn, 180 degrees: he sold off his drum kit, replaced it with an SP-12 and started programming chopped breaks to sound like live players.
Early experiments spawned an album’s worth of material (including the beat that later became Sage Francis’s “Hell Of A Year” (from Human The Death Dance), but something wasn’t quite right; Kurtis scrapped the album, packed his bags and set off traveling, eventually landing in the UK. He picked up work at one of London’s biggest recording studios where he went on to engineer sessions for production legends Trevor Horn and Timbaland. But the big budget pop wasn’t tapping his buttons. He longed for grit. He longed for 12 bit.
Back to the bedroom. To the samplers. To the records. To vintage gear and instruments. To music with soul.
No Passenger weaves hundreds of disparate samples, along with touches of live instrumentation, into a thoughtful and evocative tapestry. Introspective and melancholy, yet positive and hopeful, No Passenger is the soundtrack to loneliness and isolation, and to freedom and strength.
No Passenger is released in December 2009 on independent label Root and Stem, with US distribution through Strange Famous Records.
1 – Sleep-free
2 – When The Dust Settles
3 – Kent St
4 – More Soul
5 – The Lost Man
6 – Patience
7 – Rivotril
8 – Brown Out
9 – 11e
10 – El Trieste