A track titled “Intergalatic Depression,” an album called I LIVE TO DIE AND I DIE TO LIVE. You know what that means: Garden Grove producer Depakote is finally back from the underground with a follow up to his debut, The Gummo Album.
I can’t tell you how stoked I was to open my inbox and find this gem available for download – and you should be too. Fifteen forward-thinking instrumental tracks laced with off-beat, film-inspired samples from a producer who knows how to deliver a hip hop lounge ambiance. This is what you could call a “moody” piece.
Mastered by Greg Tuner, these beats use “dusty samples” to create a hazy sound that exudes futuristic avant garde. Check out tracks like “1972 K-Mart Special” and “GutSlugX” to understand what I’m saying.
Produced by Manchester x L.A. collective THIS CITY IS OURS (featuring acts like Mount Kimbie), Depakote’s experimental electronic pieces are sexy and hard-hitting. We may have to put the album under the DIY suicide genre though – it’s definitely a downer with content all about pain, regret, rage and overbearing depression delivered by heartbreak. Check out personal sad favorites like “I Can’t Forget You” and “Carrie Fisher.”
Despite the sad thematic material, the music is well-balanced, e.g. “Can’t Let Go” somehow makes even DMX sound chilled out.
True to his name, Depakote is here to medicate your depression, episodes of mania, and other abnormal moods. Just swallow this alubm whole; do not split, chew, or crush the tracks.
You can download the new album – at your own price – via Bandcamp.