Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Diplo and FKi unleash Transformers in the Hood

Posted By on Wed, Feb 1, 2012 at 5:26 PM

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Remember when bass music meant having two 16s in your trunk, a fie amp, and some Magic Mike or Nemesis on repeat in the deck?

Well, the latest strands of bass music's ever-evolving DNA can be sampled in the newly released Transformers N the Hood, Atlanta MC/producer duo FKi's new collaborative mixtape. Presented by international DJ/sound curator Diplo, Atlantans Heroes x Villains, and Mayhem, it features contributions from all three and more.

Known for traveling the world and excavating indigenous bits of dance floor ephemera to mashup into sound collages, Diplo's aural excursion to Atlanta is appropriately crunk but also kinda worldly.

Heroes x Villains' Daniel Disaster has been hinting around about this and other related projects since last summer, and as he told CL in January, it bares a bit of that post-dubstep/chopped-n-screwed/Southern trap influence he half-jokingly calls "luxury trap." It's trippy, especially on standout tracks such as "We Gon Kick It (Craig and Debo)," "Standin' On the Table" (feat. Badio), and "Stuntin'" (feat. Retro Su$h!). But there's also a lush, atmospheric vibe to such songs as "Coolin'" (feat. Natasha Mosley) and "In the Air" (feat. Angela McCluskey).

Other artists featured atop the collage of beats range from hyperlocal booty-bass detonators Travis Porter ("Eyes Low," "We In There") to Australian Internet meme-of-the-moment Iggy Azalea ("I Think She Ready").

The video to "On a Roll" (below) finds 1st Down and Raye Rich of FKi previewing their Spring 2012 zombie look. Directed by Figz — who's also featured in this week's video directors' cover story — the video is set in L5P and around Atlanta, and also features appearances by Travis Porter and Young Money missus Shanell (the cute chick with the talented tongue). It's a hood mess. But the highlight comes at the end when they run up on the roof of a randomly parked car in the process of making the video, only to realize it's occupied.

Tonight's Transformers N the Hood release party. Wed., Feb. 1. Opera, 1150 Peachtree St. 404-874-3006. www.operaatlanta.com. Call for time/price.

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