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Amp Live: Headphone Concerto

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    A concerto takes an audience on a journey in multiple movements through contrast between instruments. It can only be achieved by those who have mastered their craft. Amp Live (Oakland, CA) has mastered his craft of programming, producing and arranging through his decade plus catalogue with Zumbi as the acclaimed hip hop group Zion I and stellar remix and solo work.

    Headphone Concerto is Amp Live's long-awaited solo debut via LA-based Plug Research. The carefully crafted album draws on his childhood playing drums in a black Baptist church and hanging out with the local skaters listening to New Wave in the Texan suburbs. He spent his formative college years in jam sessions that later informed his high-energy live shows. Early days in the Bay area cultivated a passion for experimental electronic music that crept into his hip-hop before it was trendy, even allowing the producer to remix several tracks from Radiohead's seventh album In Rainbows.

    Amp's solo LP draws on all those memories and utilizes every muscle in his musical memory. The result is something that has a bit of everything but defies conventional classification. The sweeping cello paired with the melodic synth on "Runback," and the orchestral strings that somehow coalesce with the flow of some of California's best MC's on "IHeartHipHop" both explore different facets and incarnations of love.

    Ill Esha's guest vocals swell up in an undeniable electronic rhythm on the infectious "Are We Dancing." Amp then finds transcendence on "100,000 Watts" via shuffle-inspired bass and fierce synth stabs, taking us on a journey through the abyss.

    "Penny Nickel and Dime" challenges us to examine our relationship to money while bopping to some buttery jazz horns. "Hustle 360" extends that message with an understated groove and Povi Tamu's strong yet delicate voice.

    Through his knowledge of hip-hop, electronica, jazz and indie music, Amp weaves a sonic tapestry that ebbs and flows in movements. Each song has touches and flourishes from multiple genres and it will depend on the individual how each track is perceived. The cello may stand out more to those who have studied music, the drums may attract the hip-hop heads and dancefloor junkies might gravitate towards the electronic elements.

    Through a blending drum machines, live instruments, singers and rappers together, Amp Live is a modern day composer creating a concerto that is accessible for all.

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    1. No. 1 in D Minor Op. 1 - Amore (Intro)
    Producer: Amp Live (of Zion I)
    2. Last Wall
    featuring The Grouch & Eligh (of Living Legends)
    Producer: Amp Live (of Zion I)
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    3. Flight in G Minor
    featuring Dirty Cello
    Producer: Amp Live (of Zion I)
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    4. Signs
    featuring Eric Rachmany
    Producer: Amp Live (of Zion I)
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    5. Run Back
    featuring Saint Tiimbre
    Producer: Amp Live (of Zion I)
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    featuring Planet Asia; Opio (of Souls Of Mischief); Mike G (of Jungle Brothers); Gift of Gab (of Blackalicious); Codany Holiday
    Producer: Amp Live (of Zion I)
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    7. No. 1 in D Minor Op. 2 - Potencia
    Producer: Amp Live (of Zion I)
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    8. Remembrance
    Producer: Amp Live (of Zion I)
    Click to listen!
    9. Are We Dancing
    featuring Ill Esha
    Producer: Amp Live (of Zion I)
    Click to listen!
    10. 10,000 Watts
    Producer: Amp Live (of Zion I)
    Click to listen!
    11. No. 2 in B Minor Op. 3 - Muziki
    Producer: Amp Live (of Zion I)
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    12. Penny Nickel Dime
    featuring Anya; The Prof.
    Producer: Amp Live (of Zion I)
    Click to listen!
    13. The Formula
    featuring Sol
    Producer: Amp Live (of Zion I)
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    14. Hustle 360
    featuring Povi Tamu
    Producer: Amp Live (of Zion I)
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    Name: (Posted: 8/7/2014 6:24:00 PM; Partial IP: 186.16.155)
    Location: Rocklands BLOEM SA
    Comment: The album is dope, way too fresh, Amp Live is doing his thing, I can't skip a song, The Violin on Flight ft Dirty Cello is mad nice.
    Name: (Posted: 7/15/2014 7:38:00 PM; Partial IP: 231.224.92)
    Location: bay area
    Comment: Zion I has been around 17 years, so almost two decade's to be correct.
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