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#TBT: Digital Freedom - Gramatik

Friday, September 26, 2014

As I was perusing through my old sound cloud likes, searching for the perfect throw back to compliment your week, I found one of my favorite albums of all time, #TBT: Digital Freedom - Gramatik.

Gramatik has really set a new standard for relevance in an electronic music project this time. With the ultramodern hashtag title #digitalfreedom, Gramatik’s new masterpiece is dedicated to the invasive Internet censorship laws that are looming overhead. Gramatik hopes to raise awareness against ACTA SOPA and PIPA and any other bill that wants to give corporations the power to regulate and censor the Internet. Luckily there are also large corporations on the other side of the tracks like Wikipedia and Google, but it’s going to take an army to keep the internet free. What better way to rally the troops then to put out a bangin’ album!

In addition to its strong message, this album has some great tunes with real development to them. Along the course of the 5 song EP Gramatik effortlessly switches up between dubstep, glitch hop and nu disco, all with a signature swag all his own. Stepping up the energy level and the tempo on many new tracks, Gramatik explores new territories on this album and we’re all for it. Live tour member F.A.Q. adds some especially nice guitar lines to the mix and the entire album is organic and funky all around. With support from Pretty Lights Music on the release and a fresh national tour with Break Science and Paul Basic in the works, we’re confident Gramatik will be reaching massive audiences in the future to share his message with. In a real way he is has the power to affect the music industry he thrives in. That’s some realness if I’ve ever heard it.

This album pushes the limits musically and can best be described from his statement when he mentions,  "I think the following statement made by The Pirate Bay in January explains very well what #digitalfreedom is all about:

''Over a century ago Thomas Edison got the patent for a device which would "do for the eye what the phonograph does for the ear". He called it the Kinetoscope. He was not only amongst the first to record video, he was also the first person to own the copyright to a motion picture.

Because of Edison's patents for the motion pictures it was close to financially impossible to create motion pictures in the North American east coast. The movie studios therefor relocated to California, and founded what we today call Hollywood. The reason was mostly because there was no patent. There was also no copyright to speak of, so the studios could copy old stories and make movies out of them - like Fantasia, one of Disney’s biggest hits ever.''

So FUCK ACTA, SOPA, PIPA and any bill that wants to give corporations the power to regulate and censor the internet, especially if those same corporations built their empires solely on copyright infringement! #digitalfreedom

Also, I just want to say one thing to those who know me only by my chilled out hip-hop beatz: don't be scared when you hear this EP, my true fans know that I'm nothing if not versatile. Good music is larger than one genre so just open your mind, absorb the vibes and you'll be versatile too! Don't you just love that word?”

Track Listing:
  • Fist Up
  • 23 Flavors
  • Illusions of Choice
  • Born Ready
  • Solidified
  • Talkbox Intended