by Andrew Huang

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After stumbling across a 17-minute YouTube video of a man welding steel drums, I became obsessed with the industrial-sounding incidental noise created in the process. Taking several audio samples from the video, I built six instrumental tracks in two days - these became the foundation for the songs on this EP.

An urban feel permeates most the record but it isn't easy to tease out a clear genre label. "Telling You" brings in a dark reggae influence; "Polycube" has a wonky edge; "Innovator" is essentially a trap beat but with most of the synth and drum sounds taken from the sonic palette of an eighties ballad.

Thematically the lyrics range from brag rapping to relationship tribulations to exasperation at the frequent meaninglessness of music industry networking. But there is a cohesion in all the tracks being rooted in the coarse, metallic soundscape of steel drum construction; everything budding out of one humble YouTube clip.


released August 27, 2014

Written, recorded and produced by Andrew Huang. "Los Angeles" written by Andrew Huang, Ally Rhodes, James Di Salvio, E.P. Bergen.

Cover art by Zolloc.


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Track Name: Innovator
i don't evolve, i shapeshift
guerrilla tactics waxed, i let the kids go apeshit
i'm on some next level noise, next level
so go and tell your boys this is next level
i keep my hard drives spinning hard
hit em like a ninja star
killing it, i’m bringing every vision far out
’til the shine’s so bright you can’t see me
need a tank of oxygen and rocket fuel to reach me
working every dollar you can rustle, uh
can you hustle your way out of the hustle, uh
now i’m standing at the door with my ghost out
too bored, give ‘em something more to post about
weak ends, but they're claiming C4
if you're so blown, what are you watching me for?
well, even my haters wanna see more
hit it hit it 'til there's blood on your keyboard
ohh! typo
honestly feeling like i'm dealing with some psychos
kilobyte'll kill a biter 'til i'm feeling tighter
spill a lighter in your lap, light a bit of fire
get em higher if they get it
get em madder if they won’t
pitter patter is the sound
can you hear it? ‘cause i don't
bad vibe, mad mind, man, i’ll hit you later
no time for haters if you’re an innovator

i'll sample anything, these beats are where the dream is
maybe somebody's coming by to serve me with subpoenas
the keenest on the keys, been this way since being a fetus
even venus isn’t this hot, b you gotta recognize a genius
nobody has a mind like this, a shine like this, a prime like this
and anybody that i might dis
it's just a byproduct of a time like this
try your best, i still blow brains
haters are hot headed
they got propane in their rogain
i ditched the cocaine, switch it for some romaine
now they’ll play me in the stadium, and there's no game
feel me in the frequency of diesel
people want a superstar, i’m giving them an equal
do it from the animalian to the cerebral
like deep blue implanted in a cyborg eagle

Track Name: Los Angeles ft. Ally Rhodes
this is happy hour, my flow sells
so well i’m on that don’t ask / don’t tell
’til they’re putting me up up in these hotels
trying to chase heaven, but i know hell
i know girls flying higher than at coachell
and contract boys trying to make a soul sell
that bottom line, surface level bullshit
i heavy hit without the heavy weight to pull with
i’m steady making up the rules as i go along
taking on the beast but not always feeling so strong
six heads, two beds
close quarters’ll make you think anybody’s a true friend
she said she owed a little bit of money
but it didn’t stop her cards from playing some gin rummy
and what up to the lady in the street selling ganja cookies
i’m not a rookie but i gotta say the product took me

what the hell am i doing drinking in LA at 26?


i flow like the drinks in this place
and drink like the flow of a river i gotta displace
LAPD - so many cold cases
if i’m wasted is it time well wasted?
x on the label, texts getting playful
the city of angels - but it’s hard to stay faithful
bouncing between anita, monica and ana
so many santas, not so many saints at the cabana
la-la land, time just slips past
my way is the highway, we live fast
palm trees, big smoke, no stars
but every night we say tonight we go hard
and every morning we’re draping all off the mattress
and every hungry kid is trying to get some access
and every girl is telling me that she’s an actress
but everyday i’m just dreaming of making these tracks crisp

what the hell am i doing here?
if you’re not careful, you might disappear
into the skyscape on the walls of the city
oxygen, keep it lit like a cherry
stream of consciousness, nobody filters
gotta learn to fit in with the killers

what the hell am i doing drinking in LA at 26?
Track Name: Blowtorch
flow’s exorbitant, no forcing it
no corporate gold endorsing it
pro recording and shows storming in
so fortunate - blowtorching it
i’m a shark in a fistfight, uh
with a spark and a slick like, uh
i could burn this whole ocean up
this petrol’s my breath, let’s blow this up, ‘cause
i’m a lion in a card game
all your rules so arcane
if you wanna see real shit
then just deal with it
this scene is steel to my blowtorch
Track Name: Telling You
i can’t wait, i can’t wait, wait another day, darling
i can't take, no i can’t take all those things you say, darling

na na na na na na na, hey
i’m telling you goodbye, oh

i can’t live, i can’t live, can’t live with you this way, darling
i can’t give, no i can’t give, can’t give more than i gave you, darling

na na na na na na na, hey
i’m telling you goodbye, oh
Track Name: Hesitation
blonde head, long legs, wire frame
i could stare at that form for hours
slow smile, cold heart, piercing gaze
no one woman should have all that power

princess’ll come into the room like uh like uh

she’s on that trajectory
made with the perfect recipe
knows what she can get from me
the bells go off but i’m under that spell
she’s already undressing me

princes’ll come into the room like uh like uh

no check for backstage
those stems and that face
red wine and black lace
i might be in a bad place
i might be in a bad place

and you take this hesitation
and turn it all around
get me on the ground

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