Veteran underground French producer Wax Tailor has been making versatile beats on a fluid spectrum ranging from trip-hop to boom-bap for 15 years now. He’s set to drop his fifth studio album, By Any Beats Necessary, this fall. The album features underground stalwarts Tricky, R.A. The Rugged Man, and Token. Here’s what Tailor had to say about it:
Without going too deep into politics, the album’s title reflects my determination to use all kinds of sounds and textures to get to something musical. The word “beat” also draws a line towards the Beat Gen- eration, Kerouac’s famous novel On The Road, and the quest for an better place. And so, in this time when each of us needs a little escape, I conceptualized this album as the soundtrack to a better elsewhere that I imagined to be the south western part of the USA.
The lead single is “Worldwide” featuring Ghostface Killah of the Wu-Tang Clan, and it comes with a matching set of animated visuals. It’s a funky, smooth joint interspersed with 8-bit video game blips and bleeps and cleverly syncopated boom-bap drums as Ghostface spits braggadocios bars about his global cachet. As for the video, crude drawings of Tailor and Ghost leap off the paper in a stop motion-like fashion as the rapper’s lyrics appear on screen in several inventive ways. The French producer has been criminally slept-on for quite some time, hopefully he’ll get some much-deserved attention for this newest full-length. Watch. -- Stereogum
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