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Free Sweatpants by Blockhead is a mixtape-esque album that pairs his narrative-driven solo aesthetic with a team of rappers that thrive in his layered, melodic sound. Available here on opaque white colored vinyl with digital download, and CD.
Blockhead has been a fixture of the electronic music scene for more than since his 2004 Ninja Tune debut Music By Cavelight, putting out a string of critically acclaimed albums and touring with everyone from Diplo to Amon Tobin and Kid Koala. As a rap producer, his collaborations with Aesop Rock (Labor Days, None Shall Pass) have come to be part of indie hip-hop canon. Blockhead has established himself as a veteran who collaborated with luminaries like Cage, Illogic and Blueprint but also made memorable records with then little-known artists like Despot and billy woods early in their careers.
He rounds out the guest list of Free Sweatpants with features by Aesop Rock, Tree, Breezly Brewin, Open Mike Eagle, Homeboy Sandman, Armand Hammer, Vic Spencer, Hemlock Ernst, MarQ Spekt, and billy woods.
“It’s really something I have been wanting to do since way back in 2002 but then other things picked up and I just never got around to it,” Blockhead explains, “but I felt like this was a good time for it. These are artists I actively listen to, so it was exciting to make just based on that.”
LP+ - Colored LP packaged in a 12″ jacket with photography by Blockhead. Includes digital download.
CD - Standard CD packaged in a digipak with photography by Blockhead.