Leeds based Trip Hop / Breakbeat / Hip-Hop outfit Fold, the brains behind the magnificent ‘Be Water, My Friend’ back in the summer, and Salvation EP last year, are signing off on 2014 with double A-side single ‘Oil-Powered Machine / Detroit Red’.
Fold’s latest release, out this week as a limited edition 7” and digital download, is inspired by Public Enemy as the group sample resounding speeches by Malcolm X and Mike Ruppert, to pay tribute to both. Priding themselves as they do on live production, the spoken word samples are set to real drums, bass, guitar and a blend of triggered samples. And in a typical Fold way, it enhances the natural rhythm of the speech and accentuates the message. ‘Oil-Powered Machine’ sees Ruppert put the proverbial boot into the petrochemical industry along an urgent guitar-led beat, in a similar way to Public Service Broadcasting, who they have both re-mixed and supported. ‘Detroit Red’ meanwhile, features Malcolm X taking equality (or lack of) in America to task, backed with a recognizable force, funk and urgency, we’ve become accustomed to from Fold. Another two superb tracks from Fold and outstanding additions to their unique and ever growing catalog.
You can stream ‘Oil-Powered Machine / Detroit Red’ below and you can buy the double A-side from here.