Everywhere at Once by Lyrics Born on Apple Music

18 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

As a founding member of California’s Quannum Projects (previously known as Solesides), Tom Shimura has already established his indie-rap bona fides. Yet, with his distinctive nasal rasp, slippery flow, and irresistible dance rhythms, he’s always presented a pop-friendly veneer, especially for such an underground champion. Everywhere at Once, his debut for Anti, the stalwart indie label, could have been his career-defining masterwork, the album that exceeded and built on his considerable achievements. Instead, it’s simply another tight and tempting Lyrics Born project, filled to the gills with electro funk, disco, and contemporary soul grooves. Pulsing tracks like “Hott 2 Deff” (with Jurassic 5’s Chali 2na) and “Don’t Change” (boasting a punchy three-piece horn section) will no doubt get bodies moving, but things get even better when he moves out of his comfort zone on tracks like the grinding “I’m a Phreak,” the New Wave, Devo-inspired “Do U Buy It?” and the fantastically dynamic “I Can’t Decide,” all of which seem to owe a nod to Cee-lo Green and Gnarls Barkley. More comfortable than ever in the studio, Shimura’s production pops and sparkles, thanks to his strategic use of live musicians.

EDITORS’ NOTES

As a founding member of California’s Quannum Projects (previously known as Solesides), Tom Shimura has already established his indie-rap bona fides. Yet, with his distinctive nasal rasp, slippery flow, and irresistible dance rhythms, he’s always presented a pop-friendly veneer, especially for such an underground champion. Everywhere at Once, his debut for Anti, the stalwart indie label, could have been his career-defining masterwork, the album that exceeded and built on his considerable achievements. Instead, it’s simply another tight and tempting Lyrics Born project, filled to the gills with electro funk, disco, and contemporary soul grooves. Pulsing tracks like “Hott 2 Deff” (with Jurassic 5’s Chali 2na) and “Don’t Change” (boasting a punchy three-piece horn section) will no doubt get bodies moving, but things get even better when he moves out of his comfort zone on tracks like the grinding “I’m a Phreak,” the New Wave, Devo-inspired “Do U Buy It?” and the fantastically dynamic “I Can’t Decide,” all of which seem to owe a nod to Cee-lo Green and Gnarls Barkley. More comfortable than ever in the studio, Shimura’s production pops and sparkles, thanks to his strategic use of live musicians.

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About Lyrics Born

The first artist to release an EP on San Francisco's Soleside Records, Lyrics Born went under the original moniker Asia Born on 1993's Send Them before changing it three years later on his collaborations with labelmate Lateef. After being featured on Lateef's "The Wreckoning" b/w "Latyrx" single, Lyrics put out his own 12", "Balcony Beach" b/w "Burnt Pride," in October of 1996 before jumping in the studio again with Lateef and DJ Shadow as Latyrx for The Album in 1997. He began working on a solo album the following year, though it spent five years in the workshop before appearing on Quannum as Later That Day... The success of his debut prompted LB to release a modified version of it, Same !@#$ Different Day, which contained new material as well as remixes of older songs, and in 2006, after an extensive world tour, the MC issued Overnite Encore: Lyrics Born Live! The majority of the record was taken from two 2005 performances in Australia, but also included new studio tracks. Near-constant touring helped solidy LB as one of alternative hip-hop's most distinctive players, and in April 2008, signed to Anti-, Lyrics Born released Everywhere at Once, which featured members of his live funk band as well as production work from Jake One, among others. Lyrics Born returned in 2010 with the album As U Were which featured guest appearances from an eclectic mix of artists including singer-songwriter Sam Sparro, drummer Stanton Moore and alt-rock band Francis and the Lights among others. ~ Mike DaRonco

  • ORIGIN
    Tokyo, Japan
  • BORN
    1972

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