TTW#43 – Infinite Livez @ Glockenbachwerkstatt
Cassette only – limited edition of 200 copies
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Recorded live at Glockenbachwerkstatt, Munich on 3/11/11, Dept. of Volxvergnuegen. Special thanks to Krach der Roboter, Kandis Williams and all the staff at Glockenbachwerkstatt.
Illustration – Infinite Livez.
Infinite Livez (born 1972 in Bethnal Green, East London) is a MC and musician who studied Chelsea Art College. His wide range of influences comes from such diverse sources as P-Funk, Surrealism and continental philosophy. His first album “Bush Meat” was released on Big Dada Records in 2004 to immediate critical acclaim in the UK and abroad. 2007 saw the release of his second album “Art Brut fe de Yoot”, also Big Dada, and a collaborative project with the Swiss electro jazz outfit Stade. Recorded over a series of improvised sessions it has been recognised as a unique achievement in both experimental Hip Hop and whacky humour. The follow up album to “Art Brut fe de Yoot”, entitled “Morgan Freeman’s Psychedelic Semen”, was released in 2008. At the beginning of 2009 the live album “Live at La Guinguette”, again recorded with Stade and guest vocalist Joy Frempong, came out of a residency in Geneva. Infinite Livez has performed the UK and all over Europe including at events such as Montreux Jazz, the North Sea Jazz Festival and The Sonar Festival. Besides Stade and Joy Frempong, Infinite has worked with a wide range of other producers and musicians including David Murray, Jahcoozi, Nils Peter Molvar, Elliot Sharp and Kid Acne. He has supported artists such as Kool Keith, Anti Pop Consortium, MF Doom and Mulatu Astatke.
As a visual artist Infinite Livez has also worked on a variety of other projects like making comic books, animations, prints and illustrations (for magazines such as Hip Hop Connection and The Wire). In July 2009 Infinite had his first solo exhibition “Salvador Dali Was Half Bengali” at Pebbledash Gallery in London where he presented a series of madly surrealist silkscreens referencing the aesthetics of old school comics, Japanese woodcuts and Hans Bellmer. In September 2009 he took part in the group show “7 Styles for 7 Brothers” at Archipelago Art, Sheffield. Recently Infinite launched “Glorious Mono”, his own weekly 1 hour radio show on Herbstradio 99.1 FM in Berlin.
Aquarius Records (US):
The last thing we would have expected from UK tape label The Tapeworm, who pretty much traffic in the unexpected, was a hip hop record, but if they were gonna release a hip hop record, it makes sense that it would be weirdo UK MC Infinite Livez, whose Bush Meat full-length we reviewed way back in 2004, and flipped over, describing him as “equal parts Ol' Dirty Bastard, De La Soul, Outkast and Ali G.” And if anything this live set is even weirder. A super spacey abstract set of dubbed out, free-from electro hop, all woozy synth stabs, footwork like beats, warped loops, and more singing than rapping, Infinite’s vocals a soulful croon, drenched in reverb, and all tangled up with dubby shimmer and stuttery melodies, eventually, the rapping comes in, and it’s appropriately jagged and twisted and rapidfire, with the music switching gears and following along, the various beats and loops splintering into a head spinning barrage of jumbled collaged chaos before slipping right back into that twisted dubby soul, sounding more like something we might hear from Hype Williams, a fractured future funk, laced with some dubstep bass wobble, smooth synthy shimmer, relentless programmed beats, and some killer next level flow, but always returning to Infinite’s whatthefuck echo drenched soul dub hip-pop. Cool.
Hip Hop anomaly Infinite Livez has been twisting noggins with his uniquely surreal, psychedelic wit and beats since the early 2000s. He really made his mark on the electronic and Hip Hop landscape though with his 'Bush Meat' album, a knotty, nutty blend of influences from continental philosophy to P-Funk album brewed for Big Dada back in 2004. fantastically titled albums such as 'Art Brut Fe De Yoot' and the unbeatable 'Morgan Freeman's Psychedelic Semen' with Swiss producer Stade have contineud to make the world a stranger place, but it's fair to say he's been off the radar of late. Enter 'Infinite Livez @ Glockenbachwerkstatt', a live set recorded in Munich on 3/11/11 in the (possibly fictional?) department of Volxvergnuegen. Opening to his off-the-dome ramblings set against porno noises, he plays out a set of stripped down and muggily funky grooves drenched in dub FX and conducted with real outsider swerve.