Unleashing the sort of disjointed hip hop one might first associate with weed-smoking, sun-soaking L.A residents, Cupp Cave’s Garbage Pail Beats
album (unrest, 2008) demonstrates that life still remains in that beautiful middle ground between hip hop and electronic music, where glitches and record clicks enjoy a nice drink with 8-bit melodies and face-melting snares.
A prolific artist releasing under several different names (Ssaliva, Sagat, Squeaky Lobster) Cave further defined his vision of hip hop as part of Bretzel Zoo, with releases on the Dutch label Eat Concrete. Soon after, Cupp Cave’s music took a different turn, increasing in bpm and ditching the hip hop influences for rave memorabilia. His Dice Pool
EP for Belgian label Vlek Recordings set a new tone, one that looked firmly at the dancefloor while still leaving plenty of space for imagination and inward, headphone-induced journeys.
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