After working with Jazz Spastiks last year for the Internet viral single “Hot Shit!”, Queens NY emcee Junclassic has teamed up once again with the UK production duo for a full album of jazzy hip-hop entitled Mode 7. Penned by the makers of the Nintendo video game system, the technical term Mode 7 is a graphics mode on the old Super Nintendo Entertainment System that enabled it to scale and rotate pixels in the background layer, allowing the system to perform features seemingly beyond it’s capabilities which created the illusion of a 3D environment.
“We saw a parallel between this and our own music, creating a lo-fi sound that is beautiful despite of or even because of it’s limitations,” explains Murray Mackay of Jazz Spastiks. With that in mind, Jazz Spastiks and Junclassic set to work on the 7 songs (plus 3 interludes) you hear on this album, attempting to create something that is bigger than the sum of it’s parts. Recorded and produced over the course of just two weeks, the ‘mode’ also represents the common frame of mind Jazz Spastiks and Junclassic entered together to complete this project.
Mode 7 will be released July 26th on HiPNOTT Records, available digitally on iTunes and on compact disc at UGHH.com.
- The Mission
- Bust Ya Melon
- The Essence
- Hot Shit!