Portishead member Geoff Barrow has unveiled details for a new project, Quakers, whose debut album will come out this April on Stones Throw.
Barrow is a prolific artist who's had his hand in a number of impressive projects over the years, from helping out with Massive Attack's Blue Lines to supervising the music in Banksy's Exit Through The Gift Shop 20 years later. Then of course there are his widely loved productions for Portishead, one of the essential trip-hop groups, and the remixes he penned under that name.
Quakers is a hip-hop project of outsized proportions. The self-titled debut album packs in 41 tracks and 35 different guest artists, primarily rappers like Dead Prez, Booty Brown of The Pharcyde and Stones Throw regular Guilty Simpson. The core of the group is Barrow himself (under the name Fuzzface), the Australian DJ Katalyst and Stuart Matthews, a studio engineer for Portishead who was sometimes credited as a band member.
Word of the new album first surfaced this week in The Guardian, who quote Katalyst describing the project like this: "Basically the concept is anyone can download the beats off MySpace, do their raps, send them back to us and if we like it we're going to put it on the record... [It's] a pretty dirty, heavy, kind of lo-fi hip-hop record."
02. Big Cat feat. Synato Watts
03. Fitta Happier feat. Guilty Simpson & MED
04. Smoke feat. Jonwayne
05. The Lo
06. Russia With Love feat. Coin Locker Kid
07. What Chew Want feat. Tone Tank
09. Jobless feat. Quite Nyce
10. Sidewinder feat. Buff1
11. Mummy feat. Diverse
12. Belly of the Beast feat. Emilio Rojas
13. Up the Rovers
14. The Turk feat. King Magnetic
15. There it Is feat. the Champs
17. I Like to Dance feat. Krondon & General Steele
18. Dark City Lights feat. Frank Nitty
19. The Beginning feat. Coin Locker Kid
21. War Drums feat. Phat Kat & Guilty Simpson
22. R.A.I.D. feat. Lyric Jones
24. Something Beautiful
25. Chicken Livers feat. FC the Truth
26. Rock My Soul feat. Prince Po
27. Lost and Found feat. Estee Nack
28. My Mantra feat. Dave Dub
29. Hunnypots of Beeswax
30. TV Dreaming feat. Booty Brown
31. Don't Make it Worthless
32. Soul Power feat. Dead Prez
34. Get Live feat. Coin Locker Kid
35. Sign Language feat. Aloe Blacc
36. Earth Quaking feat. Akil
37. You're Gonna Be Sorry
38. Outlaw feat. Deed
39. The Tax Man feat. Sareem Poems
40. Chucky Balboa feat. Silverust
41. Oh Goodness feat. Finale
Stones Throw Records will release Quakers on March 26th, 2012.