Nick Speed, legendary Detroit producer, DJ and emcee, has been working on a new side project- Racehorses Are Resources alongside with an incredible line-up of fellow Detroiters including Chris Peters, Quelle Chris, and Nick Cicchetti. Unlike most bands, they consider their music undirected or forced- it rather simply “happens,” with the end result revealing itself of its own volition. When you put these unique group of talented individuals in a room, the results are profound. Their project is intended to create a musical collision:
“The intent is to use the mix of these disparate elements to form a richer whole by virtue of their combination with each other, in a way which isn’t always comfortable for the participants but ultimately produces something new as a result.”
The band has recently debuted their first 7″ vinyl single featuring the two tracks, “Delia” (from EP1) and a new non-EP track, “Nikka From The Barrel.”
The two songs on this debut single, “Delia” and “Nikka From The Barrel” are both aggressive instrumentals, combining elements of hip hop, techno and early 20th Century blues. The additional featuring of the erhu, known as a Chinese violin or fiddle, brings an almost eerie melodic element into these songs as well, separating them further from any one source.
To achieve their end result, Racehorses Are Resources creates in an improvisational setting, with the combination of physical instruments, processed sound effects and digital/electronic rhythms producing a musical composition. The group believes this method is critical to its process, as it both allows for gut-level expression of ideas as well as providing for the potential of unintended consequence, accident or “mistake,” something which the group views as a feature of its music. Also, as an inherent part of its method, the musicians are feeding off of and responding to each other in real time, bringing a human and immediate element to what is often a more distanced process.
Recently RRR has teamed up with Detroit fine artist, Exactly Hi-Tops as part of an on-going collaboration which includes the album artwork for their latest release [see featured image, above]. PLAYGROUND DETROIT has a release of exclusive limited edition release of this with the featured collaboration of Exactly Hi-Tops, which will be available during the opening reception for her work and online soon! Stay tuned for more details coming soon…
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