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Based in Berlin via rural Israel, RAS are comprised of multi-instrumentalists and producers Dekel Adin, Eden Leshem and Guy Gefen. They came together as RAS in 2018; a deep appreciation of international sounds that cross common ley lines has resulted in a melting pot of influences, armed with vintage drum machines, guitars, synths, bongos and a Tascam Portastudio 424 tape machine.

RAS’ creative palette is relatively minimal, opting to work with a toolkit of analogue instruments and improvisational recording styles. Mixing surrealism, injokes and nonsensical word patterns, their lyrics are sung in Hebrew. The vocals are there to support the music, acting as another instrument in the overall sound. 

Dekel, Eden and Guy managed to create an intricate balance between lo-fi soul and brighter Mediterranean-leaning club jams, ending up with a record we might mistake as a lost treasure of the early 90s.A record that perhaps has an unconscious connection to the past but more importantly to an onward looking story of friendship and a musical journey which has spanned many continents throughout the last ten years.

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says: Undercover Balearic heat here I reckon - don't let the kooky cover fool you. Operating in the same dusty, groove-based vein as those Bonjo Joe cats (Altin Gun, Mauskovic, Yin Yin) but with the smooth and soulful leanings of a Stones Throw classic, this should keep summer going well into the darker months.

After his ‘Destination There’ EP and digital-only album on Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder, Ras G steps back to RAMP with his signature speaker popping, extra-solar instrumental hip hop with new album ‘Down 2 Earth’. Residing in the left coast, Ras is godfather to the post-Dilla instrumental hip hop movement, releasing various vinyl releases on his own Poobah label as far back at 2005, which were instrumental in the formation of the L.A. beats scene way before a Flying Lotus beat had a sniff of PVC. His dusty beats and booming bass humps are still standing tall in an often-stagnant field. ‘Down 2 Earth’ is his rawest most straight up hip hop release to date, sewing together dub soundsystem culture into a ‘Donuts’ style beattape format.


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