Pro Arts Hybrid Series & Ratskin Records presents…
SIGNOR BENEDICK THE MOOR
The Guardian UK on SB The Moor :
“The image of today’s new act that accompanies his debut album on his bandcamp was almost enough on its own to pique our interest. He looks like a 16th-century courtier or a medieval polymath, a black Michelangelo, and this tallied with what we’d been told by his PR, who warned us to expect someone “definitely in the weird rap category, like Danny Brown rapping over super theory-based Renaissance music.” The name of the project, El Negro by Signor Benedick the Moor, seemed to bear out this idea of someone freakily intelligent and incendiary in the court of King Louis, rapping about the perils of absolutism and the like. In fact, the titles on the album further this vision of a Danny Brown character marooned in the middle ages: there’s one called Aristotelian Reptilian Pavilion, another called Existential Humanitarianism as a Fashion Choice, even one called Poeticism as an Extrinsic Finality.
There are some plucked pizzicato strings on Signor Benedick, lots of brass and assorted orchestration, and there is a general air of symphonia about it, but it’s not quite XXX in XIV, as anticipated. It’s quirky enough, though, and it is pretty Danny Brown-ish – the Pope even makes a cameo, as he does on Pac Blood. The music has a similar frantic charge to Brown’s, and even though the words are put through a strange historic filter, it’s clear that Christian A. McLaurin, who is Signor Benedick, shares DB’s obsessions, vocal tics and worldview.
GOLDEN CHAMPAGNE FLAVORED SWEATSHIRT (RATSKIN RECORDS)
Golden Champagne Flavored Sweatshirt is a multidisciplinary electronic music producer/DJ/ cultural contributor to many things pro Black , pro femme and pro heaux. GCFS works with the RATSKIN Records collective and has performed at numerous underground events in the Bay Area and beyond and is currently recording a full length for the Ratskin imprint slated for release in 2019.
Woe is a new experimental duo of Jamille Jackson and Brian Tester blending experimental, rock, electronics, and a deep knowledge of expanded sound creation in varied forms.