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I spent a few weeks in Spain and fell in love with, among many other wonders, pintxos - a type of bar snack that might feature anything from seasoned mushrooms to chicken gizzards but is always skewered to a small piece of bread. The romantic bar atmosphere over there probably didn't hurt either.

I started to draw a parallel between these dishes and this collection of tracks I've been working on for several years. Most of them clocking in under 2 minutes, they are bite-size slices of many different flavors, but all grounded in a framework of hip-hop beats. Built mostly on vinyl and VHS samples, this album is sometimes playful and sometimes hard-hitting, but never sits still. Put it on and enjoy a 24-course meal of drums and dusty record grooves.


released November 30, 2015

Written, recorded, and produced by Andrew Huang.

"Holiday" and "Vacation" produced by Brent Petrie.


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Track Name: Jazz
step up to the plate
get up, get on, get back
zen on the mind
seven pounds on the neckstrap
in his mouth: a horn and a winning smile
it's been a while
now it's every sunday
the after dinner crowd
they took the smoke out of the clubs
but the jazz is still smoking
echoes of the notes that we don't bring
the baritone's in the terror zone
hot like arizone, never going there alone
here come hits from kicks and spun sticks
hitting the skins of that drum kit
i'm on the upright
stuck like the tree i was cut from
but neither of us cared, we love life
it's resin or resonance
it's syrup or blood
it's the spark that my heart pumps
hear it, you're done
i'm the miracle son
maybe without the appearance of one
spirit of sung flames
lyrical guns blaze
a spear of a tongue
theatre lungs raze but stay unpraised
i'm nearly in unknown territories and charting a course
a history of standards i'm starting to torch
light it up, light it up

yeah, yeah
‘cause i walk with with some definite hulk
couple fingers on the neck, might be checking a pulse
chromatic addict, not the serum but the step that i gulp
hearing this value village vinyl, you could get it in bulk
and as the lead lines rise like a vapor of gold
i find eyes in the crowd and take hold
i’m with the belle of the ball
‘cause she knows that this is real music
the geometry of the soul
Track Name: The Sound
yes i walk with a definite lilt
bass line come to bring enough pressure to tilt
always sitting in the groove, in the pocket like bills
i’ll be six feet under one day, i’m stepping until
and until then i’m chasing and i’m catching a thrill
they’ll be telling you the way that he kept it was real
swept it, looking at the scorecard, it's seven to nil
waiting for that bank account to hit eleventy mil

the sound pulled me up and it was all i could be
the muse lit my sky up and she tore up the seams
the girl came from heaven and she took all my dreams
the sound pulled me up and it was all i could be

now i dream about
living in only rhythm
lonely position
don’t even phone up to listen
music a prison
nothing but echoing prisms
nothing but sonics to give them
24/7 on chops
the space between chords
the place where i meet my creator
i live with these thoughts
can’t live with these thoughts
i’m hurtling out into danger
Track Name: Nebulae
playing with fire, had to stop playing with smoke
playing the wrong crowds, these kids can’t take a joke
and it’s funny ‘cause i started as the class clown
will the real andrew please sit back down
every story is universal
but gets contaminated with rehearsal
nothing’s down to earth now, it’s too commercial
i’m trying to make that space music - willy herschel
messier than nebulae with messier
a steady spray to get me paid everyday
‘cause now we’ve figured out the way that we live
and that it doesn’t have to be something that you agree with
no secret, spit it hotter the egypt
without a peer amid scenes i’m rocking to pieces
more or less i’m orderless
wander in this foreign mist
passport stamps like christmas tree ornaments
no line in the sand, yes, i’m borderless
finding new land, lashing braids on these tortoises
gorging on it all now i can afford to live
no complaining, champagne, negronis and orange twists
sure to miss normcore no matter what the decorum is
always shapeshifting, i’m on this transformer shit
soundwaves blast from my tape cassette heart
been holding down record since the start
Track Name: Diet & Exercise
now i never tried much to be a lesser size
but since 25 i can sure testify
it’s hard to stay slim without some exercise
but gym membership’s costly

i guess if i walk instead of drive i’m off to a good start
speed it up to a jog, you want a good heart
and i try to stay cautious with my sauces
i don’t even get close to these pastas
eating organic, please don’t look at what the cost is
i’m trimming inches and i’m cutting losses
you know it hurts, dinner with no dessert
and a bag lunch every day i go to work

watching all my portions
and in yoga class doing these contortions
twice a week, maybe more
since i’m getting addicted to endorphins
and expensive lotions for dealing with my poor skin
and a loofah, gotta exfoliate
gotta detox, last week i only ate kale and flaxseeds
don’t ask me, it was on a blog
so it’s not a fraud, it can’t be

i stack these recipes for quinoa and snap peas
this is low-sodium, but is it fat-free?
now i’m running more than your whole track meet
got a tandem bike, weights in the back seat
and it’s like i’ll be so lean with protein
i’m happy with turkey and egg whites only
and what’s that? is that meat?
no, dude, it’s tofu, it’s soybeans
i go through like a pack a day
with some garlic, i’ve got enzymes to activate
so true, follow that up with some juicing
and don’t ever touch gluten!
it’s so hard to leave behind the hooch
is it even too much when i’m hitting the kombuch?
i’m so stressed taking care of myself
but it’s all for the good of my health
Track Name: 007
i do it like bond
007 killing villains from across the pond
i’m on her majesty’s secret service
license to kill these evil persons
step to me, i am not the rookie
slay eight weak cats - octopussy
but you know i never mean to disrespect her
treat a lady right, diamonds are forever
forever ever?
fly her to the moon, rake her in like chips
at the casino royale ’til we’re meeting with our lips
the spy who loved me was fierce but not the only one
my doctor knows just where i’m coming
from, rush you with love
nothing’s enough for the man with the golden gun
the world is not enough, and i won’t just lie
not a bystander, i aim with a goldeneye, blaow
hold triggers with a goldfinger
go big or go home, so i go bigger
coming with a sound like thunder, balling like a boss
you can see the sky falling when i drop these
ill broadcasts, for your eyes only
a view to a killer verse on your video screen
flaunt it while i contemplate a quantum of solace, if
you live and let die - you’ll be due condolences
i’m throwing down the gauntlet, double down or fold
because you only live twice - YOLT
yesterday’s gone, but i took my chance to own it
tomorrow never dies,
but we only ever have the present moment
the living day lights up with the sunrise
never say never again, don’t let the drums die
another day comes fast, then it’s flames
that’s why i move quick like james
Track Name: Swerve
i got lean
i got slur
coming to careen
i got blur
not a baller but i throw curve
'cause i got tilt
yeah you know i got swerve

i got lean
i got slur
coming to careen
i got nerve
not a baller but i throw curve
'cause i got tilt
yeah you know i got swerve

i've been the student, now i'm the sensei
and i don't care what your friends say
'cause my beats bang and my pen pays
and i'm partying on a wednesday
and our drinks leave rings on the table like oh oh
add more zeroes on your quote though
'cause i got a lot i want to do, gotta go go
how to stop? that's the only thing i don't know
whether i flow so quick
synonym cinnamon spitting at any quotidian idiot’s dis
or if it’s slow mo, roadshow bouncing like a pogo
stick ‘em with a bullet time flow, let me loose that
produce that groove, that doo-dat doo-dat dat
skewed rap, rare samples too stacked
music geek championship - top cusack

i’m so lean

i got lean
i got slur
coming to careen
i got blur
not a baller but i throw curve
'cause i got tilt
yeah you know i got swerve

i got lean
i got slur
coming to careen
i got nerve
not a baller but i throw curve
'cause i got tilt
yes you know i got swerve

i’m slurring when i’m wining with these spin docs
curving when they’re blowing up my inbox
gattle to a flintlock, staying in trouble
bubbles and maybe a couple of jameson doubles, it's intox
the way i’m in it, i’m addicted
swagger from a swig of idioms and diction
spill it all over the track and then i mix it
when i dip you dip we dip it like a biscuit
tilt shift, focus
swerve with the wolves, i’m ferocious
these folks can’t handle, it’s bogus
forget a horn, drink a magnum opus
little tots still swill with the soda pop
listened to the lil lils til we opened shop
now nobody can compete
how we go to rock screens to stages, outrageous
Track Name: Holiday
welcome aboard the hms majesty ship
where the drinks are free
and the sails are made of cotton candy
we're going to be taking you to some of the most exotic known places in the world
so relax, enjoy, and don't forget to buy a raffle ticket in the parlor

come away with me on an island cruise
have a glass of wine and take in the view

overwhelmed at the helm, now
take you to another realm that you've never seen before
at the bow i'll take a bow
and turn that eeyore frown upside down, be sure
persuade a mermaid to leave her day at the parade
and take a quick detour

now, normally, she sells seashells by the sea shore
but today we're on the lookout for sharks

seamen see many, but do you see any?
i heard around these parts there must be plenty
take my hand, and a sword
if we don't get one, we're not welcome back on board

at the bottom of the sea
float with me
Track Name: 5 Star Life
and we say
fuck the who you know
just fuck around until they know you
'til they wanna throw more money just so they can hold you
nah, i'd rather stay in seoul, drink this soju
nomadic addict, i've had it, and man it's so true
they wanna own you, don't answer 'til you want to
or maybe ’til you've got to
dealing with some wild animals, man, no zoo
whole coop got me feeling like mugatu
daily grind, carpe diem
don’t waste my time with your dm's
‘cause ’til i hit the lion screen - mgm
i’m in the hills with coders with a taste for mdm, eh
i’m redefining prolific
and i’m broadening diverse
and according to my analytics
the flyest since icarus when i'm kicking a verse

top of the world, touching the sky
that’s how i know i’m alive
late to bed, early to rise
that’s how i made it to ★★★★★ life

god is music, the temple is my laptop
though if i'm honest i won't ever let these stacks stop
like the abbott on the coal
except i only want the truth, get the facts hot
vending machine life
button pusher getting anything he likes
sending transmissions for a penny
and again he's in the plenty, spending yen into the night
ooh la la, what's it to ya
i put the boo-ya in shibuya
all these tokyo lights
and my flow so tight
you know they both glow bright
do it for the love, and i do it for the suture
and when i give love, give it any way it suits her
taking all these bullet trains i'm headed to the future

top of the world, touching the sky
that’s how i know i’m alive
late to bed, early to rise
that’s how i made it to ★★★★★ life

paint the whole picture i don't need these 50/50s
hit these new cities and i bring the business with me
living to the fullest, well, i'm killing that
‘cause if you win the rat race, well, you're still a rat
they keep telling me to stack that paycheck
but i would rather just backpack eurasia
i've got dreams in my pockets and a heart full of songs
i think that i could go more wrong, come on
Track Name: Find Me
you can find me in the club
Track Name: Barcelona
i’ve been walking this gothic quarter
my dough staked to this, lots to order
that obvious foreigner
but i’m nowhere close to ready to just cross the border
i’m planted
give me a pint with my pintxos
top em off with herb butter and gingko
a little mayo on the side, like it’s cinco
and the chips add up quick - plinko
breathe these smoky vines by the windows
’til i go home to line up my synchros
meditating on the message in me to send
the potential of a pen and where the ink goes
Track Name: Sugar
we all build on the backs of wars
i got mine and you got yours
reunited with the slain giants
david and goliath
healing, but at the same time
it’s too much to take the pain, hide it
and anyway i’d rather stay private
my whole mind divided
knowing i couldn’t care less
but everyday try it
veins drying from mainlining that sugar cane
trying to maintain higher than any plane pilot
couldn’t believe he was the same guy that
always provided
knew how to stay quiet
couldn’t not believe
but built a shrine to a vapor
until he found the sugar in some wine and a wafer

sugar, sweeter sugar
only makes you ache more after
sugar, sweeter sugar
only makes you pine more after
sugar, sweeter sugar
only makes you lust more after
sugar, sweeter sugar
Track Name: Cooped Up
he's cooped up again, making tracks
rhythm is the only escape with him
but listen to it, maxed out volume
he's visiting back
teen years in a prison so deliciously lax
i've been here
watching as his body withers and frays
as if his skin's wishing, reminiscing physically
a bit underweight
living today with no vision of slipping away
bitter to taste, it's the robot shot he downs like it's just the chase
every day a hot new mix in the place
i can face the closeness
but what translates waste approaches
hiding 'hind the the music is just plain psychosis
don't ask me how i know this
something to do with the way i learn through osmosis
dreaming he could be the perfect host to your hostess
he's split a number of ways
one bloody drug'll have him coming for days
somebody say something
alright man, so let's go with the dextro
but please, remember to just breathe
and flex those sobreity muscles
like more oft than not
the hustle is a job for nighthawks who thrive in tight spots
his light darkness is a mic rocked
Track Name: For The Love
i pull sixteen hour days
power plays
way past that powder phase
drop nasty cuts all around the place
but still no time for a shower and shave
you worry about how you're praised
i'm just trying to make a crowd bounce and blaze
i do it for the love, so it's ok
yeah i do it for the love, so i'm ok

how much more poetry can i pack in my brain
a thousand joints and every track is insane
touch down two days and i'm back on the plane
and i can only count two stacks to my name?
guess i don't want a bank to be congested
keep connected, i re-invest it
i see my best in ten years and i'm patient
chasing pace and i'm laying a foundation
do it for the love, so it's ok
yeah i do it for the love, so i'm ok
i do it for the love, so it's ok
yeah i do it for the love, so i'm ok

so good it hurts, i put in work
mid name, big game
well i couldn't be first
i don't have time for this promo, i'm solo
other rhymers go slow-mo
shine, no fomo
klein, no logo
prime designed flows, it's dimes to download those
now i've been getting off at pape
and i've been starting to get some paper
and i think it might be late
but i'll figure this out later
‘cause it’s ok
i do it for the love, so i'm ok
i do it for the love, so it's ok
yeah i do it for the love, so i'm ok

bounce, higher than an ounce
might be dropping jewels but i’m picking up the crowns
pounce, wrestle cats to the ground, down for the count
yeah i might be losing air but i’m scaling every mount
and where the bottom feeders are
i still keep the heart
‘cause you can still look up and marvel when you see the stars
peter park - on the web with a secret art
i’m shining on the track like a sleeper car
but i never wanna rest
i rep toronto west
i rep toronto east
i step to quantum beats
i never wanna rest
no i never wanna sleep
tumble 'round late
freestyling on a tweet
liner notes - read it?
one name in the credits
Track Name: Vacation
you know we do it like this
light shirt, pale ale, summer breeze, so crisp
and you know the drink ain’t the only thing with a little twist
eyes wide open looking for a different kind of bliss
living the dream, giving the routine the slip
with my queen
is this the real life, is this just fantasy
we're all right
memory of a work week got me feeling like

you’ll be feeling so free when your time is up
sip a little bit of tea from this china cup
you’re with your girl and she’s tryna tryna what?
i never had a problem unwinding
a bit wine in me and i never whine anymore
i’m thinking why not let the old ambitions fade
i’m in a haze thinking this is straight tops
it’s a different day
this maze doesn’t have me caught
when i’m on the water, cooling off
in the paddleboat pretending it’s a yacht
surfboard, surfboard
that’s no kind of metaphor
i just appreciate a little water sport like ahhhhh

let’s go!
amped up, we're screwing with the arrangement
work hard and i’m losing all my patience
the paycheque’s not worth this insane shit
i push paper, now why i gotta chase it?
work hard play hard reputation
everybody needs their own motivation
everybody take a little vacation
i’ll be bringing all my friends in this spaceship
Track Name: Single
this one's about my affinity for the divinity of femininity
feels like an infinity
though if a lady just wants a man to whip
i'm like "abandon ship!"
i'm a little more into companionship
it’s usually a dud scene
i'm kind of above it, or maybe it's above me
still i want girl sweeter than a chutney
and how am i going to find her if i don't just cut free

let’s play that game
i feel ready to go

mmm but i might be rusty, definitely scruffy
could i pull it off like a timberlake or buckley?
timid and old, no aldous huxley
got a heart of gold but gold diggers won't touch me
no deals to seal, feels like nobody knows what to feel
sometimes the only thing that seems to be real about love
is the idea of the ideal

right? what’s up with that?
is she going or is she coming back?
can we just get on the same level?

so what you want? i don't know
but these movies and dinners are pinching up my dough
and i’m not sure if we should take it fast or slow
so we end up at the doorstep like "sooo..."
without knowing her expectations it's hard
i didn't think i was gonna make it to this part
i'm on the lookout for signals
trying to read her like a book
but i'm more used to kindles
my lips tingle, did her eyes twinkle
can i picture us growing old and wrinkled
things were so simple before we mingled
if you liked it then you should have stayed single

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