REVIEW: Corina Corina’s “Come Again” (EP)

Corina Corina photo Corinax2CA_cover_zps2554b0e6.jpg It is nice when an artist uses continuity between songs and projects. Case in point: the new EP by Corina Corina is called Come Again, which features remixes of songs from her album, The Eargasm. In other words, if you were able to obtain pleasure with the album, you may be able to have it again with revisions of the familiar.

The EP features remixes by Deto-22, Willie Green, and Fancois Merryweather, each one enhancing the groove of Corina Corina’s voice and the original mixes. One of the benefits of this EP is that it gives a chance for these songs to be more concentrated, sometimes with slight editing and arrangements, and by Corina Corina herself to be placed in a different musical template, it may offer a chance for her to be heard in a way that may have been overlooked. Come Again could have easily been turned into a full length album but for now, consider this a temporary stop before she moves towards her next project.

FREE DL: Corina Corina’s “O.D. Love (Deto-22 Remix)”

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Corina Corina will be releasing a new album in a bit called Come Again: The Eargasm Extended, and if you understand what that means, then you know what she is trying to do to your ears. If she has done so already, you’ll be quite happy to hear these new mixes of songs from last year’s album The Eargasm, and this is a preview of it, a remix by Deto-22.

VIDEO: The Protege featuring Deto-22’s “No Pressure”

New music, new video from The Protege featuring Deto-22. The track was produced by Sketch The Cataclysm while the video was done by Arjen Noordeman. I’m liking this a lot. See if you can spot cameos from Sketch Tha Cataclysm, Roc Doogie, and Othello,

Record Store Day 2010 Project List: let’s gather

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I’m a fan and supporter of Record Store Day. If you don’t know what it is, it is a day where record stores across the country and around the world celebrate the record store as a gathering place for those who love music. For some it is a thing of the past, for others it’s a bit of nostalgia. For many, it is still where one can “talk story” and find each other.

The day often features record labels, both major and indie, creating product specifically for the day, some of the people in the past who have made records for Record Store Day include Beck and Sonic Youth. What I want to do is gather a list of artists who will be making music for Record Store Day, specifically on vinyl but also for CD’s as well.

These are two artists who will tentatively have something ready for Record Store Day.

Sketch Tha Cataclysm

Both Sketch and Deto-22 recently collaborated on The Sharing Is Caring EP (which I reviewed here).

If you are going to make something for Record Store Day, you can contact me through <a href=" or Twitter.

REVIEW: Deto-22 & Sketch Tha Cataclysm’s “The Sharing Is Caring EP”

Image and video hosting by TinyPic Deto-22 and Sketch Tha Cataclysm decided they need to get together to brainstorm and come up with music that would not only represent what they do as individuals, but perhaps let people into what was going on in Connecticut. The end result is something called The Sharing Is Caring EP, and I like the fact that they came out with an EP, so that fans that didn’t like them can move on. Those that do find a liking, they can hold on and prepare for what will be a bigger dose.

Sketch Tha Cataclysm is the man behind the rhymes, and outside of enjoying how he rhymes and what he has to say, it also sounds like he’s very much into the music created by Deto-22, known for his work with Phenetiks. To me, it doesn’t sound flown in, or “here, I’m a hot producer, just rhyme over it since you’re really using my name to sell product, not my beat.” It’s not empty or anonymous, and that’s what I think people will want to hear, some level of mental activity between these two. With Sketch, he’s able to write something that is a means to confront someone for hip-hop supremacy, but he’s also good at writing story rhymes and to get a bit cinematic when trying to write about personal hopes and fears in metaphor, as he does in “Inspired By A Conversation Last Night”

it keeps pulling back everytime i’m at the cusp
the lights are messing with me, this whole room is such
I keep moving, daps are plenty and I tremble at the touch
these people keep talking, I wish I didn’t feel them
this music’s overwhelming I continue with my reeling
breathing, choking, as their smoking hits my heels and
with contact that could have your tims pushing off the ceiling
time to swim in this water bottle
in hopes to stop my mind from sifting, drifting in its hallows
piling on the misery to forget it all tomorrow
I need to wipe the maps of these directions that i’ve followed
fuck the stresses, its time to face it
and put the stones through this glass box attempt to break it
clutch the amplified and vocalize my cages
standing naked, with these walls of pressure buried in the pavement

It might come off a bit like Buck 65, but by saying that, it means that I do hear someone who is willing to push himself forward and not reply on whatever hip-hop templates may exist. In “Things That Start With H” (which is coincidentally the 8th song, appropriate since H is the 8th letter of the alphabet) Sketch is doing some damage over a beat with a slight rock/metal edge, but it feels more like Mike Shinoda than Fred Durst, and again, he sounds comfortable. I like it when an MC is not only willing to rhyme over anything and everything, but because of his listening habits and adaptation of it through hip-hop, he knows how to fill the pockets.

Then there’s Deto-22, who is a perfect match for Sketch. As a producer, I know what it means to get your word across and express yourself through music, what I hear is much more than just an assemblage of beats, basslines, and carefully selected samples, it’s all of that. What he does with Sketch is, if we are to use a comic boon analogy, pencils around the edges and fills in the colors to make Sketch’s colorful lyrics more vivid. Sketch is also a producer too, and then you’ll also hear Deto-22 drop some nice rhymes. I would have loved to have heard more old school-style rhymes where they would trade off lines, but people would’ve said “oh wow, another group trying to copy the Beastie Boys” but that style existed long before the Beastie Boys switched over from hardcore to hip-hop.

The EP ends with a Deto-22 instrumental in the form of “Welt In 12”, which would fit in with everyone from Lady Gaga to Black Eyed Peas, and that’s not something to laugh it, because if there’s a chance he can work and collaborate with other artists, he’s going to go for it. On the plus side, he’s good at it too. Sketch shows a respect for writing and comprehension, he’s an MC that isn’t just there to be the lyrical hi-hat for anyone, he’s the full drum set and he’s laying anchor. What they’re trying to day with The Sharing Is Caring EP is that yes, open yourself and share, be it talent, ideas, and concepts, musical or otherwise, you may find more about yourself than you did at the starting line.

Perhaps they’ll continue doing EP’s in small doses, or we’ll be patient and wait for a full length, but I also think they’re of a generation that doesn’t want to hold themselves back due to the conventions of what came before. I see them as adventurists, and I hope they proceed with anxiety and fearlessness.

(The Sharing Is Caring EP is scheduled for release on November 3rd, and will be available through