Oakland underground rap legends Hieroglyphics have returned with their first collective album in a decade, The Kitchen. With an assist from Sacramento DJ crew the Sleeprockers, the new set functions as a mixtape combining brand new material with various recordings from the crew's last few years hustling behind the scenes. The continuous blend bumps, grooves, and jitters with soulful loops and acrobatic turntablism, naturally functioning as a perfect platform for the lithe rhymes of the group: Del the Funky Homosapien, Casual, Pep Love, Domino, and Souls of Mischief (Phesto, A-Plus, Opio, and Tajai).
The timing couldn't be better, as 20th anniversaries abound. Del's classic No Need for Alarm dropped in 1993, as did Souls' enduring 93 'til Infinity. Also, the Funky one's beloved Deltron 3030 team-up with Dan the Automator and Kid Koala has officially rebooted with appearances scheduled from fans as far-ranging as Damon Albarn and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. But for the time being, nothing beats hearing all of these familiar voices in the same place. Stream The Kitchen in its entirety, and catch Hiero on the road via the extensive dates listed below. If you never knew, now'd be a good time to catch up.
- The Hieroglyphics — The Kitchen Intro
- The Hieroglyphics — Livin' It Up
- The Hieroglyphics — The Mayor
- The Hieroglyphics — Golden
- The Hieroglyphics — Gun Fever
- The Hieroglyphics — Indonesia
- The Hieroglyphics — Shores Galore
- The Hieroglyphics — That Merch
- The Hieroglyphics — Nutrition
- The Hieroglyphics — Indonesia Interlude
- The Hieroglyphics — Highway Five
- The Hieroglyphics — All As Above So Below
- The Hieroglyphics — Nano Salt
- The Hieroglyphics — Immortals
- The Hieroglyphics — Exciting
- The Hieroglyphics — It's Partly Me
- The Hieroglyphics — Passing Fads
Hieroglyphics, The Kitchen track list:
1. "The Kitchen Intro"
2. "Livin' It Up"
3. "The Mayor"
5. "Gun Fever"
7. "Shores Galore"
8. "That Merch"
10. "Indonesia Interlude (Sleeprockers Edit)"
11. "Highway Five"
12. "All as Above So Below"
13. "Nano Salt"
16. "It's Partly Me"
17. "Passing Fads"
Hieroglyphics 2013 tour dates:
July 15 - Nashville, TN @ Exit/In
July 17 - Winston Salem, NC @ Ziggy's
July 18 - Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
July 19 - Charleston, SC @ The Pour House
July 20 - Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits
July 25 - St. Petersburg, FL @ State Theatre
July 26 - Orlando, FL @ The Social
July 27 - Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall
July 28 - Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon
July 30 - Oxford, Mississippi @ Proud Larry's
July 31 - New Orleans, LA @ Hi Ho Lounge
August 1 - Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald's
August 2 - Austin, TX @ Red 7
August 3 - Dallas, TX @ Trees
August 4 - El Paso, TX @ Tricky Falls
August 6 - Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theatre
August 7 - Aspen, CO @ Belly Up
August 8 - Fort Collins, CO @ Hodi's Half Note
August 9 - Denver, CO @ Casselman's
August 10 - Durango, CO @ Animas City Theatre
August 12 - Alburqurque, NM @ Sister Bar
August 13 - Flagstaff, AZ @ Green Room
August 14 - Pheonix, AZ @ Club Red
August 15 - Solano Beach, CA @ Belly Up
August 16 - Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
August 22 - Vancouver, BC @ Venue Night Club
August 23 - Seattle, WA @ Crocodile Cafe
August 24 to 25 - Eugene, OR @ Kaleidoscope Festival