Years in the making, Notes From The Underground is an essential and evocative album from acclaimed producers Gone Beyond and Mumbles.
The journey began when legendary DJ Cut Chemist enlisted the duo to participate in a 2007 concert series titled Pravda, held at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. The series was a tribute to the Russian classical musicians living under the rule of Joseph Stalin, primarily Mosolov, Shostakovich, and Prokofiev. One night featured DJs and producers incorporating these works into their beats and included the likes of Peanut Butter Wolf, DJ Spooky, and Amon Tobin. Gone Beyond and Mumbles spent months scouring through hundreds of recordings from various classical performances and put together five tracks for the show.
Ten years later and the spark of this performance has ignited into a full album, made even more relevant by current events and the socio-political atmosphere. Notes from the Underground is named after Dostoyevsky's classic existential novel, pointing the way to the themes presented by the music. The album is an artistic commentary on the ability of the human spirit to overcome oppression, adversity, and fascism. Gone Beyond and Mumbles have remixed and given a modern, empowered voice to the great composers of Russia who wrote under the yoke of Stalin during the early 20th Century, exposing the struggles and this compelling music to a new generation.
The remarkableness of the project is transmitted in how natural the contemporary beats sound accompanying these vintage compositions. Take “Apropos for the Wet Snow” which uses a melancholy piano motif and flavors it with dusty rhythms, subtle, staccato horn blasts, and echoing soundscapes. Rather than obscuring the feeling of the original piece the production embellishments serve to enhance. “Knight In The Panther’s Skin” is another extraordinary moment, including lush strings, gentle piano, and an operatic vocal over the drums for an, especially dramatic effect.
Gone Beyond and Mumbles previously collaborated on the 2005 album S.E.V.A. for Mush Records and on 2012’s A Duet For Space And Time 10” for The Content Label. Both producers are revered as beat-making legends, with an expressive sonic palette that takes the listener deep into the duo’s mindset. Notes From The Underground is a startling and important document from Gone Beyond and Mumbles, and a welcome return of this collaboration to The Content Label. Hip-hop sampling and remixing is a powerful way to interpret classic themes, and Notes From The Underground is meant to stir the listener toward thought, motivation, and empowerment in these challenging times.
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released August 3, 2018
This is an artistic commentary on the ability of the human spirit to rise up and overcome adversity of all kinds.
Special Thanks: Walt Disney Concert Hall, Benjamin Beames, Bruce Leighton, Cut Chemist, Dday One, Joanna Rees,The Fowler Family, & The Bugas Family.
-All compositions by Gone Beyond & Mumbles
-Executive Producer: Dday One
-Recorded in Santa Fe, NM
-Publishing: Gone Beyond (Dahvin Bugas, BMI) + Mumbles (Sattvic Music, BMI)
-Mastered by: Bruce Leighton, Gone Beyond & Mumbles
-Art Direction & Layout: Udeze Ukwuoma
© 2018 | “Quality Over Quantity”
All Rights Reserved
Rory Hoy (Howlin' Records / Super Hi-Fi / BigBeatTastic Radio Show): Fantastic Hip-Hop beats. Thanks for sending! Rory Hoy
Jeromy Nail (jeromynail.com): Dope. Been a Mumbles fan for a while. Loving this collab. Thank you!
Aja Allsop (Ketch A Vibe Radio Show - Impact Radio, Cruise FM, The Jazz UK, others): Atmospheric and a massive orchestral sound this is the business people !!!!
Frank (All Good Funk Alliance) (Funk Weapons / Super Hi-Fi / Fort Knox Recordings): Cool concept.
Anatoly Ice (Funk and Beyond Radio Show (Megapolis FM) / Rhythms (Radio Jazz Moscow)): Heavy and Drummatic! Great release!
MGiK (Sofa Surfing): Stunning! No wonder it took so long.
Hober Mallow (Mighty Reel (weekly on 2SER 107.3 FM, Sydney)): Beautiful music, even before reading the notes I I got a cold sense of foreboding from these. Much deeper than most beatmaker releases I've heard. Thanks for sending, its a genuinely moving set of tunes.
Jon Wesley (Music Goes On Radio Show (weekly on KNSJ FM) / Insomniac / Machine Friends): Excellent msuic. I love all the great drum work and the strings. I'll play all of these.
Ket Shah (Mucho Soul) (Mucho Soul / weekly radio show on Likwid.London): Great Work
Ennio Styles (Stylin' 3RRR-FM/Worldwide FM/Heard and Felt): Dramatic headnod beats
Spike Deep (Rocka Fobic Music/The All Lounge Experience): i must say knight in a panther;s skin......some really dope down-tempo on an extreme dope orchestra style
Nori (Posivision mag / clubberia / Wax Poetics Japan / bnana.jp): nicely, intelligence.
David Bassin (Freefall weekly radio show - KUSF in Exile / RadioPellenera / Space Invader Radio / Live1.FM): intriguing!
DJ Krimi / Radio Krimi (Radio Krimi / Le Cabanon (Pub Dancefloor @ Chamonix)): Beautiful !
Matt Sonzala (Radio KAOS (Pushermania's Playlist Radio Show)): Aw man this is wild!!! Will play!
Jon Fugler (XLNT radio show (Radio Pays de Guéret 96.5 FM) / Fluke): This is for me is truly outstanding...some classy drum programming, beautifully integrated classical elements and with the subtle electronica edges make this a real winning package.. A well deserved 5 stars. many, many thanks x
Piiit (Septante Sept / So Watt): A real soundtrack. Excellent!
DJ T-Bird (Los Chicos Altos / Something Else! on Barcelona City FM / WTNR Radio): When's the film coming out? This is the score, right? Seriously, feeling a definite narrative in this, very emotional.
DJ Firefly (WRCT 88.3 FM (Pittsburgh, PA)): Ten years of effort certainly paid off... every song here is well crafted with a timeless downtempo vibe - highly recommended!
Michael Elves (Program Director - CJUM-FM - UMFM 101.5 FM - Winnipeg, MB): This is pretty wild. I had to check to make sure I didn't have two separate windows open d/t the confluence of boom-bap and classical. Makes me think of what Endtroducing would have been if Shadow had a bunch of Deutsche Gramophone LPs
DJ Emskee (WBAI 99.5 FM in NYC): Classy, dope music. Very well done. Thanks for the promo!! DJ EMSKEE - NYC
Andrew Emil (Broadway & Wilson / Four Play Music / Glenview Records / 5Magazine): Whole Album is really amazing!
Alex Rimmington (CFRU 93.3 FM (Music Coordinator)): Thanks!
Sharif Galal (Triple J Radio): Beautiful!
Luca Micheloni (Thenetwork Radio): good
DJMarkCooper (Bedford Falls Players / Cosmic Moonbase / Solid Gold / Bloxbox Records / Endemic Digital): This is ace!!
DJ Love (Stellar Music / TTTRadio.net
/ KutThroat DJs): Love every single track. Need more of this. Definitely a change from what I'm used to hearing.
Tom Thump (Groove Merchant / Wish / Make Out Room): Bloodlines. Mysterious.
DJ Osric (Black and Blue Show (RTR 92.1 FM - weekly) / Liquorice.tv): Very original and superbly executed. This kind of stuff takes real work and musical vision so well done to all involved.
Adrian Lugo (RPM DIrector) (WEFT 90.1 FM (Champaign, IL)): Hard hitting, head nodding beats. Keeping that Golden Era flame blazing. On air support.
Floored Capri (Kane FM): For fans of orchestral music and hip hop beats (of which I am one) this is a must have.
DJ Huwston (Niche Productions / Guvera): i haven't heard from mumbles in years - this is weird and dramatic and cool - love it