Kutmah (pronounced koot/mah) releases his long overdue debut album “The Revenge Of Black Belly Button!” (or TROBBB!) via Big Dada. The record features an incredible cast of guests – Gonjasufi, Jonwayne, Natureboy Flako, Ta’Raach, Jeremiah Jae, Zeroh, Zackey Force Funk, N8NOFACE, Sach, Akello G Light and DJ Chris P Cuts – spanning experimental meditative, Zennist loops; crackly oddball beats and abstract raps; as far as outright punk/noise and even folk/blues. At its heart it’s an incredibly sentimental record, heavily referential to his past but also future-facing, and not just in its sonics. ‘I wanted to make a record for loners. You know some records have that ‘Hey! I’m at a festival!’ sound? Well I wanted to do the opposite of that,’ he laughs.
The album was recorded in Berlin in Winter. Being in a foreign country around the holidays when one is supposed to be with family… that emotion of isolation weighed heavy on Justin: “For three weeks during this time I didn’t speak to a single person… I had no internet and no phone.” Accordingly, half of the record fits this season and these emotions. In Spring the sun came out and the flowers were blooming: “I started to cheer up a bit and so did the beats,” says Justin. “I like that there are polar opposite vibes on the record. Hopefully I’ll hear from some punk kid that they only like Part One, or from some hip-hop head that they only like Part Two… or some beat head saying they only like the instrumentals,” he laughs. Close friend Dario Rojo Guerra (aka Natureboy Flako) played a key role in piecing the album together with Justin, acting as engineer and occasionally producer, in addition to providing a set of trusted ears. “Flako is the real MVP of the album,” affirms Justin. “I couldn’t imagine what the record would have sounded like without his input.” The album was mastered by Kelly Hibbert (AlmaChrome) who counts J Dilla’s “Ruff Draft” and Madlib’s “WLIB AM: King Of The Wigflip” in his discography – two massively influential and inspirational records in Kutmah’s musical DNA.
FORMAT: 2LP pressed on heavyweight 180g black vinyl in artworked inner sleeves housed in a 5mm spined sleeve. Includes 4 vinyl-only bonus tracks. Photography by Kutmah. Artwork by Brandy Flower. MP3 download of digital version included.
01. T.R.O.B.B.B! Theme (Curtain Opens)
04. Shut Shit Down!
05. Brown Porsche 928
06. Change Things
07. Teezuk Humra
10. E2 7RW
12. Black Myth (feat. Jeremiah Jae & Zeroh as Holy Smoke) **
13. BN1 8DH
14. SwampThing (feat. Zackey Force Funk)
15. On The Run
16. Follow The Light
18. Guidance Counselor
19. Cooler Of Evidence (feat. N8NOFACE)
20. Blackwave (feat. Zeroh) **
21. Scorch 4 The Phoenix (feat. Ta’Raach & DJ Chris P Cuts)
22. Thoughts Under The Full Moon (feat. Akello G Light)
23. Accounted For, Then To (feat. Jonwayne) **
24. L.A. Memories (feat. Sach)
25. Interlude **
26. Herbal Tea Sessions (feat. Akello G Light)
29. Enta Omri
30. Love Found **
31. Bury Me By The River (feat. Gonjasufi)
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