Cord Labuhn known as Robosonic launches his Black Out Series with a 'Block Party Theme'. For the ‚Golden Era House' hybrid he recorded the US HipHop pioneers Psycho Les of the Beatnuts (NYC) and Greg Nice of Nice & Smooth (Atlanta). The outcome pays a significant homage to a Beatnuts' hit record released in the year 2000: No escapin' this.
Episode #01 kicks off a whole series of robosonically crafted Rap-joints with a guestlist that reads like EPMD, Masta Ace, Jeru the Damaja and Big Shug of Gang Starr Foundation, B-Real of Cypress Hill, Mike Banks of Detroit's Underground Resistance, KRS-One and more to be announced soon.
The historic background of this song - with it's 70s soul and 90s HipHop references - became the inspiration for the artwork. Back then in the 1970s legendary Afro-American artist Ernie Barnes painted a version of his 'Sugarshack' for Marvin Gaye's 'I Want You'. In 1997 New York Rap crew Camp Lo made a tribute to this painting with the cover art of their classic album 'Uptown Saturday Night'. The 2018 Robosonic reinterpretation illustrated by Sasha Sherdin merges imagery of Psycho Les' hometown of Queens (NYC) with Berlin's district of Kreuzberg: A metropolitan block party viewed through a 'golden era' filter. The stereoscopic 'Viewmaster' which Cord once found in the basement of his grandparents - not long before he bought his first vinyl records of The Beatnuts or Nice & Smooth - was an early forerunner of virtual reality. Here it serves as a symbol for digging in the crates, learning from the past and transforming it into today's mix up of warm, organic stereo of authentic electronic dance music and Hip Hop culture.
written & produced : Cord Labuhn / Robosonic (www.robosonic.cc) lyrcis written & performed by: Psycho Les & Greg Nice mixed by: Jesco Lohan (www.jescolohan.com) artwork & video: Sherdin Art (www.sherdin.de) executive production: Rob Lange & Cord Labuhn for Outtakes (www.outtakes.co)