Aaaand for this week’s unexpected Freddie Gibbs collaboration, we have the Indiana rapper going in over the title track and first single from Bristol badman Joker’s forthcoming debut album. Last week’s feature on a Kickdrums remix was pleasantly surprising (and perfectly executed), but not totally unexpected because of their previous work together and The Kickdrums hip-hop background. This track, however, is overwhelming my work-addled mind as I start to formulate questions and my brain forgets to continue controlling my body, causing my eyes slip in and out of focus and my body to collapse forward into my nacho salad.
Is Freddie Gibbs a fan of Joker? Or Joker a Fan of Freddie Gibbs? Are they really giving this away for free? Is that someone’s hair in my nachos?
Seriously though, there is so much awesome going on in this collaboration. Joker, one of the originators of a melodic dubstep inflected dance music christened Purple sound, is probably my favorite current DJ/producer and deserves all the exposure he can get, Freddie Gibbs is a great storyteller with the kind of voice you could listen to all day, and the up and coming Jessie Ware has a voice that complements but is not lost in Joker’s epic soundscapes. I’ve already played the original cut to death, and on first listen I thought the rapping was drowned in synth and bass, but give it a few more spins and I can’t see how you wont fucking LOVE this.
Download it below, and hit the jump for one of the grimier tracks from Joker’s forthcoming album, as well as the track listing and release info.
The Vision is out November 8th in the U.S. and the 7th everywhere else. Get involved!
2. Here Come The Lights [featuring Silas (Turboweekend)]
4. The Vision (Let Me Breathe) [featuring Jessie Ware]
5. Milky Way
6. Level 6 (Interlude)
7. My Trance Girl
8. Lost [featuring Buggsy & Otis Brown]
9. On My Mind [featuring William Cartwright]
10 Back In The Days [featuring Buggsy, Shadz, Scarz & Double (KHK-SP)]
11. Electric Sea [featuring Jay Wilcox]
12. The Magic Causeway [Joker & Ginz Outro]