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Primal Dap

by Secret Sidewalk

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Descrambler 02:13
Harp 04:15
Koi Palace 04:18
Ripken 02:30
Yaaugh 03:02
Common Core 03:19
Channel 9 01:49
Rill Swill 01:23
Sometimes 02:29


Primal Dap is the long-anticipated follow up to Does Anyone Knock Anymore (Self Released - 2017), Secret Sidewalk’s sold-out beat tape featuring improvisations and deep explorations of the band’s sound, built upon the left-field foundation of the group’s sought-after 7” release, “Cholo Curls / Bibingka” (CTB Records - 2014).

Primal Dap is a dynamic representation of Secret Sidewalk: spontaneity, through-composed songs, and back-alley dirt that tells a story of the creative landscape and history of the Bay Area. Listeners can expect a continuation of the band’s early ambient improvisations (“Channel 9”, “So Underground”) situated alongside well-crafted arrangements (“Common Core”, Koi Palace”). New territories are explored within the band’s signature, foundational slump-funk in “Descambler” and “Ripken.”

Since much of Secret Sidewalk’s material is mined from their own improvisatory wellspring, the band refined their recording techniques to effectively capture their signature lightning in a bottle. Recorded in a variety of professional and project studios, Primal Dap is the band at their most comfortable, displaying their collective expression at its most pure form.

Founded in 2010, Secret Sidewalk is comprised of Bay Area natives from a variety of musical backgrounds, yielding a distinctive sound that echoes Bay Area hip-hop, jazz, and psychedelic undertones. Featuring members of 545, Con Brio, and The M-Tet, the group features unorthodox instrumentation: saxophone, turntables, synthesizers, and drums, all modulated live with effects to create a sound that is both lush and gritty.

Secret Sidewalk has performed at the inaugural MUTEK Festival in San Francisco, Hiero Day (Oakland), Low End Theory (Los Angeles and San Francisco), South by Southwest, and regular appearances at “Smart Bomb,” a groundbreaking monthly event in Oakland, founded by the band to showcase off-center beat music.

Primal Dap will be the first release of the band's label Primal Dap Sound. The new venture will feature projects curated by the members of Secret Sidewalk, spanning their diverse interests (jazz, hip-hop, electronic, experimental). In support of the release throughout 2020, Secret Sidewalk is planning tours of the United States, Europe, and Asia, as well as strategic releases of videos supporting singles.


released October 11, 2019

Written and Produced by Secret Sidewalk
Engineered by Nino Moschella and Secret Sidewalk
Recorded at Bird and Egg Studio (Richmond, California) and The Swill (Oakland, California)
Art by : Alex Abalos
Layout and Design: Justin Boo
Photography: Nobl & K2WCF_LORDZ KREW


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Alex Abalos: Modular Synthesizer, MPC
Mike Boo: Turntable
Michael Reed: Drums, Electronics
Marcus Stephens: Saxophone, Electronics

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