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EDITORS’ NOTES

At the core of Quakers is a three-man production team consisting of Fuzzface—better known as Geoff Barrow, the producer and arranger of Portishead—and two of his closest associates: Portishead engineer Stuart Matthews and Australian DJ/producer Ashley Anderson. Recorded over the span of four years, the album is the consequence of three lifelong hip-hop fans wanting to, in Barrow’s words, “make a rap album before they got too old.” Rather than glitz up the project with big-name rappers, the trio combed Myspace for unsigned talent and also sent invitations to up-and-coming artists (Jonwayne, Guilty Simpson) and underground veterans (Prince Po, Dead Prez). The album's collage-like structure is similar to that of other Stones Throw projects, as is the hallucinogenic atmosphere. The objective was not to create hit songs but to flesh out a landscape of sounds and ideas that reflected the producers’ lifelong experience of hip-hop culture. Mysterious and fragmented yet sophisticated, the collection is a never-ending menu of gritty delights and miniature surprises.

EDITORS’ NOTES

At the core of Quakers is a three-man production team consisting of Fuzzface—better known as Geoff Barrow, the producer and arranger of Portishead—and two of his closest associates: Portishead engineer Stuart Matthews and Australian DJ/producer Ashley Anderson. Recorded over the span of four years, the album is the consequence of three lifelong hip-hop fans wanting to, in Barrow’s words, “make a rap album before they got too old.” Rather than glitz up the project with big-name rappers, the trio combed Myspace for unsigned talent and also sent invitations to up-and-coming artists (Jonwayne, Guilty Simpson) and underground veterans (Prince Po, Dead Prez). The album's collage-like structure is similar to that of other Stones Throw projects, as is the hallucinogenic atmosphere. The objective was not to create hit songs but to flesh out a landscape of sounds and ideas that reflected the producers’ lifelong experience of hip-hop culture. Mysterious and fragmented yet sophisticated, the collection is a never-ending menu of gritty delights and miniature surprises.

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About Quakers

Multi-faceted projects like Blakroc and the Gorillaz may seem ambitious, but Quakers took the idea of a hip-hop collective to epic proportions. With the help of Stones Throw's Peanut Butter Wolf, Portishead's Geoff Barrow assembled 35 members to contribute to Quakers' 41-track debut. Along with Barrow (going by the alias Fuzzface), the project revolved around Invada Records producers 7-Stu-7 and Katalyst, and included contributions by an assortment of talented underground rappers, golden-age hip-hop veterans, and a wealth of fellow Stones Throw artists. Following a teaser for "Fitta Happier," a quirky single that infused lyrics by MED and Guilty Simpson with a marching band performance of Radiohead's "The National Anthem," Quakers was released in spring of 2012. ~ Jason Lymangrover

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