Sempervirens Album Capsule OPIO: “Sempervirens” means always living. Both FTR and I have a common goal of making timeless music. We spent countless hours out in nature. Walking the rugged coastlines of the northern California coast and writing and recording in groves of the giant redwoods. This time spent away from the chaotic concrete jungles we both live in recharged our batteries and set the stage to create art off of the renewed energy from our inspiring journey. To me in a way the album is very psychedelic but it’s not druggy. It’s more psychedelic in the terms of me sitting in the woods and clearing my thoughts and mind. When I emerge from the psychedelic experience I feel more powerful, stronger, whole and then this is my creation from that renewal of self. FTR: As much as my productions have had a tendency to stray in strange directions over the years, my roots are in Hip Hop. The making of Semepervirens was therapeutic for me. It brought me back to my roots, with a decade worth of new ideas that defined FTR. I spent most of my years creating in solitary, and finally finding the like minded Opio to build with just felt right. I feel like we are both going through a re-birth, and with that, we both have been able to create with no expectations; just open minds. We spent a lot of time in different environments in the making of this album, but it was getting back to nature that kept us grounded and inspired.Continue Reading Download
Oakland production team G Koop and O-man returns to the spotlight with Season 3 of their innovative beat-making documentary series. Episode 53, “Lost In The Game”, features musical contributions from Clip Payne (P-Funk All Stars), Omayga, and Anthony Caruso on the track "Game Pieces". GKOM samples the jam session and morphs it into "Lost In The Game", a collaboration with Tajai Massey (Souls Of Mischief/Hieroglyphics), Izrell, and London.Continue Reading Download
OPIO and Free The Robots team up for a full length album titled SEMPERVIRENS due out 9.18.15!! Here's music for your ears..