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Monolith

by LTF

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  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Limited to 300 copies (200 black, 100 in solid red with inverted label). Pressed on 180 grams vinyl. Each record comes with a hype sticker on the shrink wrap, photos and liner notes on the back cover, and a special infinitely looped last track on the B-side.

    Artwork by Alex “Stan” Shimanov
    Mastering by Eugen Shmidt (USSR Studio)
    Photography by Zhenia Kor
    Trumpet ('I Loop You') by Ivan Akatov

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  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Limited run of 'Monolith' in solid red wax, with inverted black label. Pressed on 180 grams vinyl. 100 copies only! Includes a hype sticker on the shrink wrap, liner notes and photography on the back cover, and a special infinitely looped last track on the B-side.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Monolith via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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  • Special 'Monolith' Test Pressing
    Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Super limited transparent test pressing of LTF's 'Monolith': 1 out of 3 copies, and the only record that's hand-written by LTF.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Monolith via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

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King of Funk 02:29
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Messenger 03:16
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Mystic Brew 03:07
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Inside 03:11
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I Loop You 04:22

about

LTF (Light The Fuse) has a knack for finding breaks, horns, flutes, double basses, and vocal fragments that are waiting for him in the dustiest and deepest crates of vinyl. ‘Monolith’ is the official follow-up to 2018’s ‘Jazz Echo’ LP.

The record is crafted from sampling rare Soviet jazz and funk records from his home country of Russia and other former Soviet countries. Skillfully turned into deep and heavy instrumental hip-hop, using analog synthesizers, dub techniques, and subtle knob turns on a delay pedal to morph the context of these samples.

Just like how James Brown “gives the drummer some” on the iconic ‘Funky Drummer’, the album opens with LTF paying his respect to the horn section with ‘Give The Horns Some,’ over a heavy hip-hop production that’s as deep as it gets. The body-moving ‘King of Funk’ traces back to LTF’s days as a b-boy over a funk-drenched beat, leaving the listener wondering how the sampled middle-aged guy from 1970s Hungary can be so funky… ‘Flute Blaster’ is a distorted and downtempo cut, continued on ‘Messenger’ with an analogue synthesizer and horns taking the trip-hop beat into an otherwordly direction.

The title of ‘Mystic Brew’ might salute the classic virtuoso jazz-funk gem by Ronnie Foster as sampled by A Tribe Called Quest, Madlib & others, but the track (recently featured on Black Milk Music’s ‘BMM Vol. 1’ compilation) is anything but that. The choice for such a deep bassline is no surprise, knowing LTF is a double bass player next to a beatmaker and DJ. Below the hard-hitting drum break on ‘Inside,’ there are hints reminiscent of David Axelrod’s ‘Urizen’—a dusty and rare Soviet sound-a-like of it.

The grooves of ‘Wrong Frequency’ explore the “retro-futuristic Soviet Wave” LTF aimed to present with this project (as explained in the liner notes of the backside of the record sleeve), before things get dreamy with ‘I Loop You’ featuring jazz trumpeter Ivan Akatov. The album’s closing track that’s infinitely looped on the limited vinyl release of ‘Monolith.’

Talking to LTF gives away influences such as Large Professor, The Herbaliser, Pete Rock, Damu The Fudgemunk, and dub engineer and producer Scientist. Sounds that all come together on ‘Monolith,’ on which LTF once again “lights the fuse” for hip-hop heads and crate-diggers alike.

'Monolith' will be released October 23rd on vinyl in a limited run of 300 copies (200 black, 100 on solid red wax), and on all digital platforms.

credits

released October 23, 2020

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All compositions written, produced, arranged & mixed by Anton Ivanchenko (a.k.a. LTF)

Mastering by Eugen Shmidt, USSR Studio, Omsk, Russia
Recorded in Moscow, Russia during 2019-2020
Design by Alex “Stan” Shimanov
Photography by Zhenia Kor
Trumpet on 'I Loop You' by Ivan Akatov

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LTF Omsk, Russia

Hip hop’s influence has permeated territories far removed from its Bronx origins, spawning creative and surprising fusions that strengthen the art form’s global reach. Case in point: Anton Ivanchenko, residing in the southwestern Siberian city of Omsk, has been obsessed with funk, hip-hop, and b-boy culture since the ‘90s. ... more

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