Factor Chandelier

Saskatoon-based super-producer Factor (née Graham Murawsky) broke into the music scene as a DJ in 1998, drawing early production inspiration from the West Coast underground and collaborating with emcees such as Kirby Dominant, Kay the Aquanaut and Def3 en route to forming Side Road Records. His innovative beats are grounded in a lush, organic hip hop structure with alternating rock, folk, pop and soul sensibilities. As the years and his sound progressed, Factor’s work caught the attention of Fake Four, Inc., culminating in a diverse array of projects both solo and collaborative.

Since joining the Connecticut indie label in 2008, Factor has helmed full-lengths for the likes of Myka 9, Awol One, Moka Only and Gregory Pepper and also provided production for alt-rap icons such as Sole and Ceschi. Though he has diagrammed his share of filthy breaks and meticulous synths the old-fashioned way, Factor has also called in session musicians and crafted sample-free records, such as 2011’s melodic, soulful Factor and the Chandeliers.

The guest lists on Factor’s recent solo albums (e.g. Lawson Graham, 13 Stories) have showcased a wide spectrum of modern underground talent, and the trend continues on 2013’s Woke Up Alone, a brilliant necromancy concept record framed by the five stages of grief which features a number of the aforementioned Fake Four artists in addition to Astronautalis, Onry Ozzborn and Open Mike Eagle.

Factor’s travels across the continents have seen him share stages and tracks with everyone from Aesop Rock and Buck 65 to Xzibit and Kool Keith. There are maybe a handful of independent hip hop producers whose distinct styles are recognizable within 10 seconds of the beat dropping, and the prolific, in-demand Factor has joined the pantheon of Dilla, Madlib, El-P and Blockhead in sharing such honors.



Paranoid Castle - Welcome To Success

STREET DATE » 08/25/2014 Backed by the lush, vivid beats of Canadian producer Factor, Bay Area emcee Kirby Dominant ponders the perils of self-actualization on their third LP together as Paranoid Castle. Are the trappings of success smoke screens for inner turmoil or are they success itself? Do the drugs and women provide joy or fleeting escape? How long can one keep clawing out at temporary pleasures in the wake of unresolved anguish?


STREET DATE » 07/01/2014 On Ultraviolet (Fake Four, Inc.), Sadistik closes his eyes tight and reaches out towards the peripheries of perception through introspection and psychedelic escapism, transcribing the vivid images crawling on the dark purple walls of his Seattle studio. The day after he finished recording 2013’s critically acclaimed Flowers For My Father, Sadistik (born Cody Foster) began writing the new record with a head full of acid, left field 60s & 70s cinema and palpable frustration with the world around him. Falling somewhere on the spectrum between the confessionals of Atmosphere and dark heart of Cage, and inspired by the delivery and ethos of the legendary Eyedea, Seattle-based emcee Sadistik has been a force on the indie scene for the better part of a decade, opening for artists such as Lupe Fiasco and collaborating with the likes of Sage Francis, Astronautalis and Ceschi. He began Ultraviolet as an exercise in creativity, pushing himself to never take a day off and make the best album of his career for the second year in a row.

Moodie Black - NAUSEA

STREET DATE » 04/22/2014 Long before Kanye West appropriated noise rap to create his new sound, independent artists such as Moodie Black were busy perfecting an art built of swelling distortion & uncomfortable energy. Although the group still cherishes the sound of static, now on their first full length album, NAUSEA, they've developed an extension of noise rap based on industrial yet melodic soundscapes and have embraced minimalism. This is more of a sonic journey than a kick in the face.