Due out late February 2012, to pre-order please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
A1 | Take On The World feat. Om’Mas Keith
A2 | Red Leather
A3 | Sticky Trees (Interlude) feat. Vanity Jay
B1 | Tartan Paint
B2 | Snaggletooth
B3 | Like No Other feat. B. Bravo
B4 | In & Out (Reprise)
Earnest Endeavours’s second EP release features the rising stars of the UK’s homegrown, experimental dungeon beats scene and Wales’s most captivating and hard hitting producers: Darkhouse Fam – aka Don Leisure and Metabeats.
Following their breakthrough debut EP “Family Trees” on Fat City (hosted on the landmark “Producers” series alongside compadres and luminaries Dabrye, dBridge, Mosca and Julio Bashmore) Darkhouse Fam’s triumphant “In & Out” EP is an accomplished blaze of guttural, syrupy, synth-addled hip hop with an old school approach re-appropriated into a new school vision.
Certified bangers from start-to-finish engulfed by a hot boxed funk, created by collaborations with the legendary vocalist / producer Om’Mas Keith from notorious hip hop dynasty Sa-Ra Creative Partners (previous credits include Jay-Z, Dr. Dre, Erykah Badu) on ‘Take On The World’, West Coast funkadelic baller, EE and Frite Nite’s B. Bravo (on ‘Like No Other’ and Cardiff’s own Vanity Jay on the sublime soul bump of ‘Sticky Trees’.
Although Darkhouse Fam might be a new name to some, Don Leisure (Aly Jamal) and Metabeats (Che Ahmed) have definitely paid their dues, with over two decades worth of music production experience under their collective belts. Whilst the Barry-based Metabeats was a local garage star, with a Cardiff residency and Ibiza stints DJing with The Dream Team at 16-years-old, Cardiff’s Don Leisure has grown from a Rephlex-inspired electronica producer to drum ‘n’ bass badman, working at Valve alongside Dillinger and Lemon D. The duo met through both gaining and spotting each other’s mutual press in 2008 and started banging out pure danger music together as Darkhouse Fam. They’ve since played Glastonbury, supported Ghostface and made their US debut in San Francisco alongside Mary Anne Hobbs, Gonjasufi and Joy Orbison.
Darkhouse Fam channel that musical heritage into this heavyweight, year-in-the-making EP, crafted through late night sessions at Don’s The Leisure Centre and Meta’s Soul Glo Studios. A cinematic, psychedelic musicality underpins their low rider rhythms that bounce around the smoked-out bomb shelter with almighty bass drops. Check ‘Snaggletooth’ and ‘Red Leather’… evil beasts. Protect your neck, son! DJ support comes from both sides of the Atlantic; Gilles Peterson dropped ‘Take On The World’ three weeks in a row on Radio 1 and Kode 9, Mary Anne Hobbs, Sinden, Kutmah, Gaslamp Killer, Salva, Jonwayne and Daedelus as certified fans.
Darkhouse Fam run with a Welsh collective of fellow forward thinking producers who are blowing up out of Cardiff that includes colleagues C.R.S.T, Monky, Stagga, Mr Healan, Hekla Kosh and Organ Grinder.
“There’s a proper community here. The place is too small for politics, so everyone supports each other, everyone is making really good music and people are embracing it. It’s healthy for us down here, good times.”