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Zavala (of Dark Time Sunshine): ANXtrumentals (ANX Instrumentals)

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The ANXtrumentals are the instrumental version of the album ANX - (Dark Time Sunshine) produced by Zavala. This album also includes additional exclusive remix/re-edits of tracks. Chicago-based Zavala has emerged over the past few years as one of the most instantly recognizable producers in independent hip hop. Raised on the outskirts of the Windy City, the multi-instrumentalist Zavala has been building dense beats for 15 years with a vast arsenal of vintage synths, analog effects pedals and a fluid incorporation of disparate genres.

In 2009, Zavala teamed with Pacific Northwest emcee Onry Ozzborn of Grayskul fame to form Dark Time Sunshine and release their debut EP Believeyoume, followed by 2010's critically-heralded Vessel full-length and the tour-only Cornucopia. These moody, richly-textured releases combined the sinister with the melodic and placed Zavala firmly alongside Factor and Blue Sky Black Death in the pantheon of Fake Four Inc. production royalty. Around the same time, Fieldwerk Recordings, a Chicago label co-founded by Zavala, put out the vinyl-only split LP Canciones Modernas. This joint effort with PNS of the Molemen saw Zavala's left-field boom bap brilliantly paired with world music. As Zavala's name continued to grow, The Dark Time Sunshine Vessel Instrumentals were released in 2011 via Fake Four and Fieldwerk.

Dark Time Sunshine's sophomore long player ANX would follow one year later and usher in further critical praise for its spacey psych-rap production. SYFFAL described Zavala's beats as "OK Computer on mushrooms." The lush, vibrant album picked up momentum as he and Onry toured the U.S. with Aesop Rock, and popular demand has once again led to a DTS full-length seeing the light of day in instrumental form. With a palette of ARP, SCI, Korg and Oberheim, Zavala splices layer upon layer of meticulously-crafted synths with gut-punching drum breaks on ANXtrumentals.

The surreal art of Michael Scheel, who designed the album artwork, was running through Zavala's mind as he diagrammed the 14-track record. His contemplative soundscapes on ANXtrumentals contain traces of everything from jazz to progressive rock to pop. As one half of Dark Time Sunshine, Zavala has toured extensively with the likes of Aesop Rock, Sole and the Skyrider Band, Pigeon John, AWOL One and DJ Abilities.

Given how seamlessly sirens such as Rita Devito, Poeina Suddarth, Kaitlin Leathers and Sedgie Ogilvy of Child Actor have dovetailed into the DTS mold, it's only fitting that Zavala's next endeavor is a project with Terra Lopez of Sister Crayon. Zavala and Lopez are fleshing out early sketches and plan on releasing their debut record in January 2014.

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1. Hosanna In The Highest
Producers: Zavala (of Dark Time Sunshine)
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2. Can't Wait
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3. Cultclass
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4. Valiant
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5. Rock Off
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6. Overlordian
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7. Prarie Dog Day
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8. I'll Be Damned
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9. Look At What The Cat Did
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10. Never Cry Wolf
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11. Take My Hand
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12. Forget Me Not
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13. Look Forward
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14. ANX
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15. Plombieres (Valiant Instrumental Remix/ Re-Edit) (Bonus)
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instrumental 
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16. Yuriria (Prarie Dog Day Instrumental Remix/ Re-Edit) (Bonus)
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17. Aesop Rock - 'Cycles To Gehenna (Remix)' (Bonus)
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18. Terra's Room (Prarie Dog Day Instrumental Remix/ Re-Edit) (Bonus)
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4 Stars
Name: (Posted: 10/4/2014 2:14:00 PM; Partial IP: .194.17.62)
Location: NH
Comment: I, too, agree with most everything that's been said already. However, I think a 5 star release is a "flawless" release, and to be without flaw would mean to never have to work again.. my hope is that Zavala never stops working! I have seen him live and had the pleasure to converse with him somewhat - polite and humble, as well as extremely passionate! I very much respect his musical tastes and sample choices. Very different and unique sounds, yet also substantially vivid and colorfully ambient! I believe Zavala to be a true visionary and am very much looking forward to hearing more from him in the (hopefully) near future. Solid release; this, I would give two thumbs up, and very highly recommend to any music lover!
5 Stars
Name: (Posted: 4/16/2013 5:46:00 PM; Partial IP: .14.153.50)
Location: Ontario,Can.
Comment: this is fucking unreal,a 100 percent must have for damn sure.
5 Stars
Name: (UGHH Staff) (Posted: 3/29/2013 1:27:00 PM; Partial IP: .119.89.28)
Location: UGHH World HQ
Comment: absolute perfection. do not sleep!
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Name: (Posted: 3/27/2013 11:05:00 PM; Partial IP: 34.171.210)
Location: CALI
Comment: I agree. cant agree any more than what has been said. I gotta have it.
5 Stars
Name: (UGHH Staff) (Posted: 3/25/2013 7:44:00 PM; Partial IP: .69.176.50)
Location: Boston, MA
Comment: Dare I say this might be the greatest hip hop instrumental album ever composed? This is an absolute musical masterpiece. I've been listening to hip hop for almost 30 years, and I will honestly say this is one of the most beautiful, gorgeous, amazing (insert positive verb here) hip hop production pieces created. Buy this and buy ANX (regular version with vocals) - that is... if you like great hip hopů
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