Radio - AM/FM by Exile on Apple Music

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EDITORS’ NOTES

Best known for his work with Blu, Exile is a much-revered producer who has risen from indie obscurity (his early days with Emanon) through Internet celebrity (the breakthrough Below the Heavens), and into established beat maestro territory, laying tracks for heavy hitters like Snoop, Mobb Deep, and Ghostface. AM/FM is the follow-up/remake of his acclaimed instrumental Radio album, featuring a diverse collection of exclusive remixes and brand-new vocal versions set to his rock-solid production. With a line-up that includes Grouch & Eligh ("Population Control"), Evidence and Alchemist ("It's Coming Down"), Aloe Blacc ("So We Can Move"), and Blu ("Love Line"), any fan of West Coast underground hip-hop should be right at home here. The remixed instrumentals run the gamut from totally tweaked out to smooth and jazzy, while the mysterious Clutchy Hopkins ends the album on a great note with the babytalk-rocking "In Love."

EDITORS’ NOTES

Best known for his work with Blu, Exile is a much-revered producer who has risen from indie obscurity (his early days with Emanon) through Internet celebrity (the breakthrough Below the Heavens), and into established beat maestro territory, laying tracks for heavy hitters like Snoop, Mobb Deep, and Ghostface. AM/FM is the follow-up/remake of his acclaimed instrumental Radio album, featuring a diverse collection of exclusive remixes and brand-new vocal versions set to his rock-solid production. With a line-up that includes Grouch & Eligh ("Population Control"), Evidence and Alchemist ("It's Coming Down"), Aloe Blacc ("So We Can Move"), and Blu ("Love Line"), any fan of West Coast underground hip-hop should be right at home here. The remixed instrumentals run the gamut from totally tweaked out to smooth and jazzy, while the mysterious Clutchy Hopkins ends the album on a great note with the babytalk-rocking "In Love."

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About Exile

Although Exile had already made a name for himself in the left coast hip-hop scene, both as part of the duo Emanon (with Aloe Blacc) and by producing tracks for Jurassic 5, Kardinal Offishall, and Mobb Deep, among others, it wasn't until the release of his 2007 album with rapper Blu, called Below the Heavens, that the Los Angeles-based producer began receiving attention and praise outside the West Coast community. Born Aleksander Manfredi in the late '70s, Exile grew up listening to both the traditional Italian music his grandfather played and bands like the Sex Pistols and LL Cool J. It was, in fact, with the gift of LL Cool J's 1985 debut, Radio, that he first set his sights on hip-hop, and soon he was delving into beatmaking himself, using a cassette player until he was able to save enough money for a primitive sampler and a four-track. When he was 18, he met then 16-year-old Aloe Blacc, a fellow Angeleno, and the two started the group Emanon, which released a series of singles in the mid- to late '90s. In 2002, the duo released the EP Anon & On, followed by The Waiting Room in 2005. It was around this same time that Exile began working with Blu, whom he had known for a couple of years, more seriously, both on his own MC-studded solo album, Dirty Science (2006), and on the proper duet, Below the Heavens, both released on Sound in Color. The album, which was praised nearly universally, brought Exile's Dilla-meets-Pete Rock-meets-DJ Shadow beats into the hip-hop spotlight, and also set the stage for a proper solo release. Signed to progressive L.A. electronica label Plug Research, Exile released the full-length Radio, which was comprised solely of a year's worth of samples off L.A. radio stations, in the winter of 2009. Remixes and reworks based on the album were collected a year later on AM/FM. ~ Marisa Brown

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