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RITCHRD

7 Wonders: RITCHRD

RITCHRD is the main alias of Chuck Cutlass, a twenty-something(?) producer from near San Francisco. That one sentence pretty much covers all of the concrete, biography style information we have on the producer – with any other ‘facts’ about him pretty much falling into the realm of conjecture, hearsay or just plain lies. This muddled state of affairs you feel is exactly how Cutlass likes it – if his faceless press shot above and this deranged ramble of an interview are anything to go by. Behind this artfully constructed air of enigma lies a bursting arsenal of beats that make his impenetrable non-persona worthwhile, with Cutlass’ music straddling a rich and unexpected network of influences via a Hip-Hop framework – a style that frequently brings up allusions to Madlib. Cutlass goes beyond being a fanboy sound-alike though, and instead embraces his fellow Californian’s ‘sample everything’ approach and scuzzy attitude to production values to generate Lo-Fi mini-masterworks of Soul, mood and rhythm.

Long time fans of the consistently bizarre and brilliant output on his Soundcloud account, we saw the release of his cassette/download collection ‘TAPE4’ at the top of the summer as the perfect cue to get Cutlass to unload a Hyp Mix on us. Here across forty or so minutes we’re welcomed into a universe where knackered and warped versions of Disco grooves hum beneath the distorted warblings of Justin Timberlake, classic Michael Jackson samples are reimagined as blue-eyed hymns and dreamy Pop floats into an ether of tape hiss…

Stream the mix from RITCHRD below, then read on to find out about seven of the tracks from Hyp 197 – before checking out a tracklisting.

Hyp 197: RITCHRD by Hyponik on Mixcloud

01. brrd – ‘The Anointing’

This song’s crazy. The preacher mindlessly yelling on top of the beat. Feels like I’m part of an experimental baptism or some shit.

02. JANE BARBARELLO FONDA – ‘PYGAR’S NEST’

Crazy song. Who knew Jane Fonda was a Lo-Fi master? (you’re a babe… call me)

03. CULP – ‘KETCHUPCHIPS’

CULPSP AKA CULPRIT. This guy is one of my Lo-Fi idols. He really mastered the random vocal cuts and weird track intros. He’s also a total synth GOD. This track’s off the TEAM CANADUH tape. One of the last tapes posted on SLFTAPES before they went ghost.

04. PRINCE PAUUL – ‘I JUS WANNA LUV’ 

Don’t know PRINCE PAUUL, or anything about him, but I DO remember when I first heard the weird pitch-freaked JT vocals combined with the rap a cappella. I died.

05. jalen – ‘mpc 100 sp 606’

Ah, JALENTUNA. Wouldn’t of ever made any music without him. MAGICFATGIRL 2 opened my eyes to all things Lo-Fi. Anyways, this track is great, it sits somewhere in between straight Hip-Hop and Lo-Fi.

06. james matthew – ‘Staying home for an entire month straight unable to have 1 cigarette’

Randomly met this guy on online, then ended up playing a show together and became great buds. Regardless, james matthew knows how to do it. Short and sweet, this one really hits the spot and makes me wanna cry.

07. H20$$$SPORTS$$$ – ‘/////////////////////////////////////////////////////////’

This ones from YAYAYI’s last release. I must have listened to the tape a million times, but I never noticed this song until last week. The ultra slow BPM and the Fourloko raps make for a perfect combo.


Tracklist

01. RITCHRD – ‘EAST’
0.2 Bolo Yeung – ‘016’
03. JANE BARBARELLO FONDA – ‘PYGAR’S NEST’
04. PRINCE PAUUL – ‘I JUST WANNA LUV’
05. P00K – ‘2 THE 2ND’
06. james matthew – ‘Staying home for an entire month straight unable to have 1 cigarette’
07. TONY FERRARI – ‘CIGARS’
08. FAMILY EVENT – ‘TWENTY ONE’
09. Conehead -‘樣原諒你 (Forgive you like before)’
10. Moonkid – ‘请你’
11. RaJ Mahal – ‘3 Eyes’
12. ANTOJE – ‘LUNGUEUIL Zoo’
13. CULP – ‘KETCHUPCHIPS’
14. Tuxedo Kamen -’15MORESHOES’
15. jalen – ‘mpc 100 sp 606’
16. brrd – ‘The Anointing’
17. DIBIA$E – ‘put in work’
18. Kanye West – ‘Brown Sugar (Instrumental)’
19. SUP∆83 – ‘Battleoftheplanets’
20. Madlib – ‘Harolds’
21. PIE2K – ‘JUSTDIDIT’
22. H20$$$SPORTS$$$ – ‘/////////////////////////////////////////////////////////’
23. spooky black – ‘take the blame so i don’t have to’
24. lil jon and the east sad boys – ‘get low’
25. SAINT PEPSI – ‘Private Caller’

You can folllow RITCHRD on Soundcloud, Facebook and Twitter. Listen to his latest release ‘TAPE4’ over on Bandcamp.