Brooklyn Vegan is now streaming the new Invisibl Skratch Piklz/Planet B split.
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Sample-spewing masterminds Invisibl Skratch Piklz and Planet B work together to forge a gritty, wayward path in these troubling times with this newest 7”. Each entrenched in the ethics of DIY (and with extensive musical histories to show for it), these artists’ music meld hip hop and punk through scratches, synths, and screams. Side A includes two versions of Invisibl Skratch Piklz’ “Polka Fist Pump”, a brutal turntable assault that shows the speed and precision with which ISP can scratch. The second mix on the 7” features Justin Pearson’s scathing vocals and smart-aleck aping of the track’s samples, leaving the listener with “beautiful debris at the birth of terror.” Side B re-imagines a piece originally written by two-thirds of Planet B, Gabe Serbian and Justin Pearson: both locusts who have “learned how to fly with one wing.” The track, “Old Age Lasts Too Long,” was first created for the soundtrack of Asia Argento’s film, Incompresa. Luke Henshaw brings new life to old age with his horror-sci-fi-synth samples, adding nuance and eccentricity to a previously more bare-bones, rhythm-based composition. Be it through turntablism, Dadaism, situationism or sarcasm, both tracks resonate as prescriptions for dissent, even, at times, in the absence of words.
Speaking about his decision to collaborate with Invisibl Skratch Piklz, Justin Pearson said, “It makes sense to us to mix aspects of punk and hardcore with hip hop and turntablism. It’s all aesthetically punk anyhow.” Planet B’s Luke Henshaw adds, “When collaborating with such great artists, its best to not draw a line, and to leave the doors open for endless opportunities for disaster.”