13 & God
Take three alternative hip-hoppers from Berkeley and introduce them to the equally unconventional members of the German ambient pop quartet the Notwist. The result is a meeting between two collective styles that are worlds apart, but share the same attitude of innovation. Similar to the creation of the electronic pop project the Postal Service, initially the members of these two bands (after a mutual admiration meeting backstage in Germany) collaborated via airmail, sending packages of demo ideas across the ocean. This transatlantic art collage continued apace at international shipping rates, until eventually Themselves jumped on a plane and headed to Munich for an extended stay and recording session. This stretch of real-time was filled with bonding, beer drinking and sound creation, which resulted in the release of their self-titled debut disc in 2005. Despite cramming in experimental outbursts that push the boundaries of hip-hop, electronica, pop, alternative rap, indie shoegazer and jazz, what transpired was something tranquil and atmospheric.