By Jack Barnes
They say creativity reaches its peak when one abandons the daily routines and sights of the monotony in everyday life. That’s exactly what Hieroglyphics/Souls of Mischief’s Opio and L.A. beat scene vetFree the Robots did with their newest album, Sempervirens which premiered via Okayplayer. Retreating out to a redwood grove on the Northern California coast, the duo escaped their respective cities and let their minds flow. Enjoy this audio stream below after the jump.
“This time spent away from the chaotic concrete jungles we both live in recharged our batteries and set the stage to create art off of the renewed energy from our inspiring journey,” explains Opio. Free the Robots adds that “I feel like we are both going through a re-birth, and with that, we both have been able to create with no expectations; just open minds.” This fresh outlook is apparent on tracks such as “808 State of Mind,” where fat synth bass lines meld with shimmering hi-hats and tight 808 snares. On others like “Loki Drop,” Opio spits over layered percussion and spastic yet rhythmic vocal samples.
Sempervirens is a result of Opio and Free the Robots first meeting at Hiero Day back in 2013. Released earlier this year, The Subconscious Mind EP was their first release together, debuted by Red Bull. The duo recently played at the 4th annual Hiero Day in Oakland on September 7th, and will be heading over seas at the top of next month for shows at Melkweg in Amsterdam on October 1st and in Paris onOctober 4th at Be Street Weekend.
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