The Basement Tape

by Shape

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about

This collection of beats was made circa 2003, in my mom’s unfinished basement, using the MPC 2000xl and a collection of dollar bin vinyls. At the time, I had recorded three of four beat tapes and distributed them to friends. For over a decade, I assumed these tapes were lost forever. But just recently, the only known surviving copy resurfaced—which I present for you here, transferred directly from cassette with minimal digital tampering. These raw and unpolished beats, composed during the beginnings of the Iraq War, represent some of my earliest attempts at production.

Thanks to Jason Markowitz for serving as archivist.

Thanks to The Man For Somewhere Else for his collaboration and continued influence on my art and life.

-Shape

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released April 28, 2017

All songs produced by Shape, Track 12 produced by Shape and TMFSE

Cover art by Brink Jones

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Smokers Cough is a record label and collective based out of Brooklyn, NY

Current roster includes #$, GDP, The Man From Somewhere Else, Shape, Aoi, DOS4GW, Rosegold, Esseks, Big Breakfast, Faggy Smokes, Schlang, White Bike, The Wrong Address and Shark Teeth. ... more

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