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An underground icon with more than 20 years in the game, Murs has been doing his thing forever, coming out of mid-city Los Angeles and working with everybody from his Living Legends crew to Del, 9th Wonder, and even Snoop Dogg. Mayday! are a live hip-hop group from Miami; they've been putting out their unique rap-rock hybrid (completely different from the usual type) since 2006. Both are signed to Tech N9ne's Strange Music label, and they've joined forces for Mursday!, a strong effort overflowing with smart wordplay, non-generic subject matter, and highly musical live instrumentation. Positive without being preachy and funny without being corny, they serve up a highly original blend of beats and rhymes that should appeal to young cats and old heads alike, especially on tracks like the OutKast-esque "Brand New Get Up," the trippy funk of "You Again," and the rowdy lead single "Tabletops." Other standouts include "Beast Out the Box" and "Spike Punch."

EDITORS’ NOTES

An underground icon with more than 20 years in the game, Murs has been doing his thing forever, coming out of mid-city Los Angeles and working with everybody from his Living Legends crew to Del, 9th Wonder, and even Snoop Dogg. Mayday! are a live hip-hop group from Miami; they've been putting out their unique rap-rock hybrid (completely different from the usual type) since 2006. Both are signed to Tech N9ne's Strange Music label, and they've joined forces for Mursday!, a strong effort overflowing with smart wordplay, non-generic subject matter, and highly musical live instrumentation. Positive without being preachy and funny without being corny, they serve up a highly original blend of beats and rhymes that should appeal to young cats and old heads alike, especially on tracks like the OutKast-esque "Brand New Get Up," the trippy funk of "You Again," and the rowdy lead single "Tabletops." Other standouts include "Beast Out the Box" and "Spike Punch."

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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

183 Ratings

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Amazing!

Sum0RyaN,

I have all of ¡MAYDAY!'s music on my iPhone. Their new album is shaping up to be awesome as they collaborated with Murs. I wasn't too sure if I was going to like it because why ruin a great thing, but I can say so far I am impressed. Tabletops makes me wanna just start pounding on stuff! My Own Parade is super fun to listen to and gets me going as well. Here is a great song and I can definitely relate to it. So far those are the only 3 songs I've heard and I cannot wait for the rest. June 10th cannot come soon enough!

About ¡MAYDAY!

Omaha mainstay Ted Stevens put time in with a number of influential acts, but Mayday was his most personal. Stevens began his esteemed career in the brooding chamber pop outfit Lullaby for the Working Class, an act whose trio of late-'90s albums pushed the boundaries of quiet melodic dirges and complex orchestration. After 1999's Song the members parted ways without officially disbanding, and Stevens found himself replacing Steve Pedersen on guitar and second vocals in Omaha's Cursive. After settling in on the group's breakthrough hit Domestica, Stevens went on to assume an even more commanding role with his powerful vocal presence. He also became a touring member of his Cursive bandmate Tim Kasher's the Good Life. Still, the quieter work of his past wasn't out of his system.

Named after an annual concert that Stevens and his friends threw on the first day of May, Mayday was the songwriter's return to his earlier style of composition. Fitting that it also featured a some of his Lullaby for the Working Class bandmates. Brothers Mike and A.J. Mogis and violinist Tiffany Kowalski all returned to the fold, and the result was a natural progression from where Lullaby left off. With a cast of players that also included members of Azure Ray, Now It's Overhead, Bright Eyes, and Cursive, as well as a musical palette almost as diverse as the company, Stevens put together Mayday's solid 2002 debut Old Blood. A mix of the lilting and quiet sounds of Lullaby and detours into Spanish flavored guitar workouts and sea shantey themes, the disc was clearly a release for years of Stevens original material that had been gathering in the vaults. Subsequent full-band tours proved that Mayday could be much more than a one-off solo project. Sure enough, the band returned in May 2003 with the inward-turned gothic country of I Know Your Troubles Been Long, released through Bar/None. Mayday returned to Saddle Creek for 2005's Bushido Karaoke. By that point its lineup included Stevens, Kowalski, Dan McCarthy, and Pat Oakes. ~ Peter J. D'Angelo

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