The Infesticons - Bedford Park + free MP3
Infesticons - Bedford Park
(2xLP/Download) Big Dada BD163/BDDNL163, 2010-05-31
The third and final part of Mike Ladd's epic Infesticons concept trilogy, Bedford Park sees the remnants of the Infesticons' marching band emerge from a bunker to find out that not only is the war with the Majesticons over, but no one can even remember who either side are. With various guests including Saul Williams, Creature, Juice Aleem and Seraphim (of No Surrender), Ladd fashions a ragged punk-blues noise for this strange, beautiful and funny coda, a sound which has already been described as "Dinosaur Jr by Black people."
Infesticons - Bedford Park
(2xLP/Download) Big Dada BD163/BDDNL163, 2010-05-30
01. Blockin' Door Anthem
02. Gonna Anthem
03. Dirty Ol' Men Anthem
04. Plane Anthem
05. Forever Anthem
06. Kick Anthem
07. Give Em Anthem
08. Hang It Up Anthem
09. Word Sin Anthem
10. Bombs Anthem
11. Get Along Anthem
12. Sky's Anthem
The Infesticons - Kick Anthem (Source : Ninja Tune)
Press Release :
"And yea the Infesticons Marching Band went and hid in the bunker for they were not really warlike and had joined so they could play in the band. And yea they missed out on most of the mayhem above and yeah they lost all contact with the world and yea they got pretty bored and yea they made a mixtape and some demos on a four track and some other stuff and yea this is what remains.
And yea the war long over and yea no one cares and yea the last Infesticons have emerged from the bunker and yes they will play live." Mike Ladd
The third and final part of Mike Ladd's epic Infesticons concept trilogy, "Bedford Park" sees the remnants of the Infesticons' marching band emerge from a bunker to find out that not only is the war with the Majesticons over, but no one can even remember who either side are. With various guests including Saul Williams, Creature, Juice Aleem and Seraphim (of No Surrender), Ladd fashions a ragged punk-blues noise for this strange, beautiful and funny coda, a sound which has already been described as "Dinosaur Jr by Black people."
"Blockin' Door Anthem" kicks off "Bedford Park" at its most raw, Ladd hollering and testifying over a fuzzed out Korg b-line" "Shoulda jacked ya, shoulda jacked ya/Throw you off the jungle gym and make it like an accident...". "Gonna Anthem" and "Dirty Old Men Anthem" continue the theme, filthy guitar lines slashing over the top of MPC beats. "Plane Anthem" takes a turn towards jump-up bloco, before "Forever Anthem" allows momentary relaxation in da haus. "Kick Anthem" not only takes us straight back towards the energy of "Blockin' Door...," it contains a list of Ladd's favourite body oils: "Nubian Hawkwind, Egyptian Pinky Ring, Lumumba AK, Angolan Whisper, Portugese Scum, Spanish Dead Men" and so on, the most innocent listings packed with subtext. "Give Em Anthem," "Hang It Up Anthem" and "Bombs Anthem" return the funk and hip hop to nearer centre stage, before "Get Along Anthem" and "Skies Anthem" finish the album with a last blast of punk spikiness and folk yearning respectively.
The Infesticons project began in the year 2000 with the release of "Gun Hill Road," a moment-defining explosion from the New York Underground scene featuring Company Flow, Anti-Pop Consortium, Saul Williams and plenty more. It was followed in 2003 by the Majesticons' rejoinder, "Beauty Party," which one of Mike's alter-egos described as "hearing irony die in a whole new way" (a prophetic reference to ths hipster rap scene which would follow). Now, the shell-shocked remnants of the Infesticons return for one last hurrah. A short, sharp blast of an album, which combines every ounce of Ladd's trademark intelligence, humour and questioning with the most violent and carefree music he's ever made.
Previous Press for The Infesticons project :
"A mind-blowing collision of progressive beat-box noise and freeform lyrical splatter... brilliantly deconstructed avant-rap. Exhilarating" – The Times
"(Mike Ladd) has managed to perfectly refract... the tripped-out freakish party jams of Clinton's funkadelia through a hip hop lens" – NME
"Of all the voices to emerge from the hip hop underground... Mike Ladd
represents the scene's creative apex... Stunning" – The Wire
Press Release for "NO CDS FOR THE INFESTICONS" :
On the insistence of the surviving members of the Infesticons Army Band, Big Dada today confirmed that they will not be pressing up the new Infesticons album, "Bedford Park" on compact disc, a Majesticon format originally introduced in 1982 to maximise sales of Queen's back catalogue and ensure that the collected speeches of Thattcher and Reagan would be available down the ages.
Instead, the album will released on numbered, limited edition vinyl with exclusive artwork from highly-rated photographer Scott Glushien, as well as being available for digital download.
"It's what they woulda wanted," said Tramenda, allegedly the Infesticons' brood mother, now living in a secure nursing home facility in the Bronx. "And besides, CDs look like contraceptivess for cyborgs... wack."
Mike Ladd Biography :
Born in Boston, MA, Mike Ladd has written and produced ten critically acclaimed albums: Easy Listening For Armageddon (Scratchie/Mercury); Welcome to the AfterFuture and Vernacular Homicide (LikeMadd/Ozone); The Infesticons: Gun Hill Road, and The Majesticons: Beauty Party (Big Dada), Nostalgialator (!K7/Definitive Jux), Negrophilia (Thirsty Ear); Father Divine (ROIR) In What Language (Pi) and Still Life with Commentator (Savoy), both collaborative efforts with jazz pianist Vijay Iyer.
The Mike Ladd admiration society runs deep. Mike has collaborated /remixed /performed /toured with musicians including Company Flow, Saul Williams, MURS, Terranova, Slug (Atmosphere), Cannibal Ox, Roots Manuva, William Parker, Roy Campbell,, DJ Spooky, Ken Ishii, Arto Lindsay and others plus has remixed songs for the likes of Yo La Tengo, Anti Pop Consortium, even Enrico Macias!
First signed to Scratchie/Mercury Records by the Smashing Pumpkins, he has assembled a body of work rare amongst his peers and influenced indie music in ways yet to be seen. Guided by the voices of Funkadelic, Charles Stepney, The Bad Brains, Brian Wilson, Kraftwerk, Bollywood, The Jungle Brothers and Divine Styler, Mike Ladd exists at the heart of progressive black music today. He has toured extensively for the last decade throughout America, Europe and Asia, establishing a cult following in the process.
Mike Ladd now lives in Paris because his wife wouldn't move to his one bed apartment in the Bronx. Between the 2006 release of 'Still Life with Commentator' and 2010, Mike produced a jazz record titled 'Maison Hantée' for Alexandre Pierrepont and has been working with high school kids in the Parisian banlieues. He also co-teaches a class on Black American literature and music at a French university. In between the teaching gigs, Mike spits on or remixes random tracks sent to him via yousendit or some other non-human delivery system. He has two young kids as loud as he is.