Alloys

by Andrew Huang

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02:46
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03:20
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 innovator
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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? go 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?
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02:04
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
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03:55
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
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02:37
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

about

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.

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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. zolloc.com

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