About this project
STC 001 D.A.P EPIC b/w To My People
Listen to EPIC, produced by THE NOMADS
Listen to To My People, produced by THE NOMADS
STC 001 D.A.P. EPIC b/w TO MY PEOPLE, produced by THE NOMADS is the first 7-inch vinyl release on Stay The Course Records. It will come beautifully packaged in a silk-screened paper picture sleeve with original artwork by IB. We will also be pressing a very limited run of only 50 copies on "haze" vinyl (a clear vinyl record with a black gradient that radiates outward from the center). Both songs are freshly reworked & mastered; the cover art, hand-illustrated with watercolors, has dried; we just need your help to get this thing moving.
STC makes quality MILITANT JAZZ & TOUGH SOUL records. Thoroughly inspired by golden-era hip-hop and the spiritual jazz of the 60s & 70s, we love crispy drums, simple repetition and restrained improvisation. We want to make warm, textured music that is both tribal and cinematic.
Because we so love the shitty recordings of the 60s & 70s and the fat sampled crunch of 90s hip-hop, we aim to produce records with just the right amount of dirt and human error. We are stubborn in our affinity for people over machines, analog tape over computers, a human feel over the rigidity of sequencers and loops. Similarly, all of the art that appears on STC posters, flyers, and album covers is always lovingly handmade by dedicated human beings. Our refreshing approach to music and art is time consuming, inefficient, and expensive, but it is this commitment to a process that really sets us apart and gives value to what we do.
Have a question? hit us up at firstname.lastname@example.org and D.A.P might answer it on the next episode of...
The Live Show
Our live performances always feature an interesting instrumental configuration. D.A.P. & THE MOTHERFUCKERS was a 5 piece militant jazz combo featuring Cass on harp, Lito on flute, Glen on bass, Matthew on drums, & D.A.P. with the raps.
Check out our latest show- DAP & THE MONKS featuring LINDEN TROY.
Personnel- DAP (words) LINDEN TROY (words, background words) LITO BROWN (flute) JON LEE (upright & electric bass) MATTHEW RIVERA (keys & leader) ALEX TRIPP (drums).
David Andrew, a.k.a. D.A.P., grew up in the notoriously rough East New York section of Brooklyn in the early 90’s, where the firm hand of the neighborhood had a huge impact on him. The streets were harsh to many, but D.A.P. chose to learn from them. They shaped his character and taught him values and principles that he lives by to this day.
In his uniquely syncopated raps and gritty imagery, you can hear D.A.P.'s influences- Ghostface, Nas, Black Thought, Mos Def- you can hear his love of jazz and his deep roots in African and West Indian culture. But that thing you don't necessarily hear- that thing you feel- that's The East. That's always there.
SO OP & IB, known collectively as THE NOMADS, met at Chicago's storied Maxwell Street flea market digging for old spiritual jazz and funky soul records. Rivalrous at first over the rarer or funkier pieces, the burgeoning young hip-hop producers found a common interest in nurturing a sound they both referred to as updated 90s- beats built with two ingredients: punchy drums that hit, and heavy jazz loops thickened with the infamous low-pass filter on the Akai S-950 sampler.
In search of another musical outlet, and frustrated with the limitations of making music on machines, SO OP & IB both took an interest in real playing and began humbly tinkering with musical instruments and live recording. In time, it became clear to them that the transition from samples to live playing had to happen.
Today, all NOMADS productions are sample-free, but they can't undo what sampling has done to their brains; they still react to potential loops when they hear them on a new record, frantically running to the turntable to to have a better listen, possibly pitching them up or down to get the feel right; they often try to mimic the sound of an SP-1200 snare drum or a filtered baseline. Indeed, if something sounds too "live", they might not like it at all.
Why support STC?
This is grassroots. We've been doing this in secret for years. This is love. If you enjoy what you hear and believe it's important for ideas like STC to exist and flourish in this cold cold world, please support by copping a record or telling a friend. Please help us get STC off the ground!
- Track downloads
- Hand-written thank you notes by DAP & THE NOMADS
$3,435 pays for 300 records, record covers, inner sleeves, t shirts, posters, screen printing, and boring things like gluing, assembling, packing, and shipping.
Risks and challenges
The hard work is done. If we are successful, we will do our best to be quick and efficient and post updates about manufacturing or shipping delays.
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