January 1, Erk & Kap’s second studio LP with producer Academics was released. Through the group’s own label Random Bastards, “Bastards!” follows acclaimed and award nominated debut album “Dirty North”. Listen to the whole album for free here!
Produced by Supreme Beatmaker Academics
All rap by George Kaplan & Ricky Rewind
All scratch by Jonas ”Chefen” Ernhill
All extra vocals by Tove Andersson
Special guest appearance by Cleo
Cover design by Marc Strömberg
Cover art by Anders Engberg
Recorded 2012 in UÅ, Sweden
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Trainspotters has accomplished a lot but also barley started. Just like the duo’s collective and label Random Bastards, the group was formed naturally through skateboarding, living in northern Sweden and interest for the graffiti culture. After a dozen independent releases on limited cassettes, 12-inches, Japan vinyls and burned CD mixtapes, Ricky Rewind and George Kaplan’s debut LP landed 2010.
“Dirty North” was nominated for “Hiphop/soul of the year” by P3 Guld (Sweden’s biggest and most recognized music award, broadcasted live on national radio and TV), the single Fan First for “Music video of the year” by the Whoa staff (Sweden’s biggest hip hop site) and Random Bastards for “Entrepreneurs of the year” at Transition Winter Awards. In interviews with fabled Mats Nileskär (P3 Soul) and Scandinavia’s largest hip hop print Kingsize Magazine the group has portrayed their dirty north part of Sweden more detailed.
On New Year’s Day 2013, “Bastards!” – entirely produced by Alexander “Academics” Juneblad – was released. This album is also a journey that, across ten tracks, musically describes the feeling from dropping in to landing a trick and cruise on – with all of its aspects and nuances. Beats, rap and scratch are the setup and throughout the record the listener gets to know Trainspotters closer.
Presistent touring in all Scandinavian countries, the European continent, North America as well as Sweden (including the biggest festival Peace & Love, Stockholm National Arena and celebrated Umeå Jazz Festival) with bands such as Glesbygd’n, Spiderdogs and Cleo has given Trainspotters loads of live experience and added a crazy touch to the shows. With Chefen on the turntables (300+ DJ shows) and backed by Random Bastards Soundsystem and the chaos that comes with it – a stage dive is never far away.
A loyal and growing bunch of bastards today represents merchandise and stickers all over the globe, while views on YouTube and plays on Spotify are counted in millions. In 2013, we’re welcoming everybody to enjoy new music videos, a live vinyl from legendary Scharinska, instrumental LP, new clothing collections, merchandise collaborations as well as a cross-continental summer tour.
“Bastards!” was released by Random Bastards on Spotify and free mp3 on January 1, 2013.
Happy new year from Trainspotters and Random Bastards!
- Swedish Lapland, January 2013
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