This is truly something special. Laced with strange textures & timbres and rhythmic surprises thoughout. Equal parts weighty and ethereal. A teleportive (if there is such a word) listening experience. Hands down favorite thing I've listened to in some time. Consider me grateful.
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
This is it y’all !!!!
The Way it should be and is .
Dope!!!!! Freshness after all the bs has settled to the floor,,
and a new life and awakening to the sounds of the Tribe known as 545
The 1st track is my favorite cause it’s on point with neo soul stylee bass line and melodically done the right way ,,,Respect to all y’all
this sum good shitt mannnnn !
🎶🙏🏼🎶 Skizz72 Skizz72