iD’s yet to be titled EP enlists a variety of narratives from vastly different time periods. Live musicians and guest producers expand his usual cinematic landscape. More than an album of songs recorded in one time period, this is an anthology of stories from over hundreds of years.
“Who’s that?” – XL Magazine
“Couldn’t possibly be as terrible as G Eazy’s new album, or as mediocre as Macklemore’s; it’s gotta be at least as bad as Em’s new shit.” – Pitchfurk
“An incredible lack of mumble raps over trap beats with a shortage of autotuned vocals. Too many syllables in whatever he’s saying, which sounds like someone reading dictionary.” – The Sores
Listen to the new single “Built to Break” and pre-order Work Epic 2 today.
iD releases his second EP in the Work Epic series Monday September 20th.
This five song concept album will be released on limited cassette tapes that include B-sides of unreleased collaborations, live performances, and instrumentals.
From thematic break beats to future-synth ballads, this dystopian Hip Hop adventure dances through a deslote wasteland of economic insecurity and emotional collapse. The tale continues as our anonymous worker appears old and forging a gravestone, barely able to support his own weight.
iD the Poet is featured on a new release from Modern American Village Music (MAVM), a project by close friend and collaborator Bob Kostlan. iD and Kostlan worked together to form Genius of Soul in 2006. Listen below-
Kendall Carter and Sol-Omen team up to create a schizophrenic masterpiece in “The Right To Know”. With Kendall Carter providing the musical foundation and Sol-Omen the vocals, a unique sound is formed; laid-back lo-fi boom-bap laced with fiery raps. Sol-Omen’s passionate political abstractions weave well with the spaced-out grime Kendall Carter brings. A nitroglycerin combination keeps you listening. Kendall Carter is a veteran beatsmith and this album highlights how musically versatile his style is. His new album is due out 2016. Support-
I’ve been enjoying NPR Tiny Desk Concerts for awhile now; the live performances show spotlight the personal nature of the artists. I’ve also been frustrated at the difficulty and cost of making a music video that lives up to song. This turned out to be the perfect opportunity to make something that added to the music, but didn’t take years or debt to make. The Cosmic Sea are OpenOptics + Abigail Dearden- good friends and a gifted duo I’m honored to create with.
Dusty Nix aka the Cosmic Jogger, has emerged as an otherworldly force in recent years with his cutting-edge production in the underground electro-acoustic scene, and his buttery hooks and heady rap bars for the a·vant-garde Hip Hop genre. He’s been working hard releasing collaborations with OpenOptics and their group Ampliphi, LEIF(kolt), iD the Poet, and more.
His beginnings as a singer and guitar player have resurfaced in raw form to complete a fierce palette of creative sonic forgery. His first solo EP is being carved out of decades of experimentation and love for the craft, and countless miles of journeying through the changing landscape of sound.
“”Work Epic,” the latest EP from iD the Poet, eschews cliche in favor of transparency.
Across five songs on “Work Epic,” released earlier this year, San Diego’s Kurt Kohnen (a.k.a. iD the Poet) waxes philosophical about the invasiveness of modern work, its omnipotence and Orwellian feel. He’s half Thoreau, wanting to improve the systems current flaws, and half Aesop Rock, a heady wordsmith, all rhythm and timing…”