BS109 Ralph Myerz: Ralphorama! - appetite 4 selfdestruction

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Ralph Myerz:
Ralphorama! - appetite 4 selfdestruction

Format: CD
Catalogue number: BS109CD
Release date: 8. sep 2008

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01

Welcome (Intro)

02

Hello!

03

Sometimes

04

Prison Break (feat. Karin Park)

05

All Night Long (feat. Caroline Ingeberg and The Shakes77)

06

The Dancer

07

Montana (Back In The Days) (feat. Devin the Dude, Onkl P and Kurupt)

08

Grey Goose (feat. Talib Kweli, Mitchy Slick, Phil the Agony and Krondon)

09

We Dont Give A Fuck (feat. WC, J Wellsand Nam)

10

Shit Talkin (feat. Planet Asia, Krondon, Chase Infinite and Mitchy Slick)

11

Summertime Heat (feat. J Wells and Elise)

12

My Darling (featuring Christine Sandtorv)

13

Smokey

14

We Dont Play (feat. Lexie Lee and Ill Inspectah)

15

Heatwave (Summersong) (feat. Caroline Ingeberg)

16

Out Of Reach

17

Stormy Weathers (featuring Christine Sandtorv)

18

Angel (feat. Thea)

19

Sandviken (Echoes From The Past)

20

Etakeh (Outro)


Press info

Erlend Sellevold er låtskriver og komponist i Ralph Myerz and the Jack Herren Band, men etter mange år i bakgrunnen bak de to viltre trommeslagerne, er det nå på tide for Ralph Myerz å trå fram i rampelyset på egen hånd! Utgangspunktet for albumet var en del ting som Erlend Sellevold har jobbet med på siden av Ralph Myerz and the Jack Herren Band, ting som ikke har passet helt inn på deres album. Men dette betyr langt fra at Ralphorama er et sammenrasket album av b-prioritet-materiale. Snarere tvert om! Erlend Sellevold har jobbet steinhardt med albumet de siste to årene, og Ralphorama har blitt en tour de force av hva han står for musikalsk, et overflødighetshorn med den ene godbiten etterfulgt av andre!

Endel av sporene er stilmessig det området vi kjenner fra spesielt de to første albumene til RM&TJHB: små-melankolsk downbeat-orientert electronica, to av de med vokal fra Ephemera vokalist Christine Sandtorv. Men den største forskjellen er nok starten på albumet, hvor vokalisten Erlend Sellevold får vise seg fram. En knippe låter som kuliminerer med den herlige 80-talls white-boy-disco-rap-låten All Night Long med referanser og skrått blikk til Indeep og Modern Romance, i en herlig duett med Caro.

Så gjør albumet en ny overaskende vending, hvor Erlend får hjelp fra en haug med amerikanske rappere, Devin The Dude, Kurupt, Taleb Kweli, Planet Asia, J Wells og andre fra crewene rundt Snoop Dog og Ice Cube.

I tillegg får vi herlige gjesteopptredener fra den jamaikanske kvinnelige rapperen Lexie Lee på We Don’t Play, og norsk/svenske Karen Park på Prison Break. Slenger vi så i noen doser ekstra krydder med minimalistisk dub og røykfylte beats, så skulle Ralphorama være oppsummert som et fyldig, variert og utrolig sterkt album uten sidestykke i norsk elektronika-historie!

Erlend Sellevold is the composer and electronic main man in Ralph Myerz and the Jack Herren Band (Emperor Norton/Rycodisc). Along the years with the Jack Herren Band, there where lots of material and ideas that didn’t quite fit with the RM&TJHB formula. This material was the starting point for the work on the solo-album Ralphorama. But it is far from a collection of leftovers and b-priority material. Quite the opposite! Erlend Sellevold has been working day and night with this album the last two years, breaking one deadline after another. And Ralphorama has become a tour de force of what Erlend Sellevold/Ralph Myerz stands for, a tour de force of an album with one masterpiece followed by the other!

Some of the tracks are style wise familiar with the two first albums from RM&TJHB: melancholic downbeat-oriented electronica, two of them with vocals from Christine Sandtorv (courtesy of Ephemera). However, the main difference from the RM&TJHB material is in the first part of the album, where the vocalist Erlend Sellevold steps forward: a handful of tracks topped with the great 80’s white-boy-disco-rap-track All Night Long (in a duet with Caro) with tongue-in-cheek references and to bands like Indeep and Modern Romance.

Then the album does a new surprising turn, when Erlend is joined with a bunch of American rappers: Devin The Dude, Kurupt, Taleb Kweli, Planet Asia, J Wells and others from the crews around Snoop Dog and Ice Cube.

In addition we get cool guest appearances from the Jamaican rapper Lexie Lee on We Don’t Play, and the Swedish Norwegian singer Karen Park on Prison Break. Add some extra spice with minimalistic dub and smoke filled beats, and you have the full picture of the Ralphorama treat!


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Album of the year!!
Yes, the vast majority of you are sitting their scratching your heads and saying “who?” We were too when this super-talented Norwegian producer’s new LP arrived on our desks – but after one listen, it was clear that this was a unique, amazing piece of work. Ralphorama! touches on so many different styles, each with complete success; feel-good electro pop on Sometimes, pumped-up G-funk on We Don’t Give A Fuck, Trentemøller-style dub on Sandviken, Annie-esque wistfulness on Heatwave (Summersong), Royksöpp instrumentalism on Smokey, discofied-pop on Summertime Heat, phat hip-hop and more.

The album is structured brilliantly, produced to perfection, and every vocalist from Talib Kweli and Mos Def to the Norwegian rapper and the lovely Caroline Ingeberg give superb performances. There will be albums from 2008 that will be better remembered in years to come and perhaps more culturally significant – but we don’t care. Ralph Myerz deserves your attention and we want him to get the success he deserves – and this superb album is a complete joy from start to finish. Something special.
Ben Gomori
 


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