REVIEW: Sundance’s “Midlife Marauders”

 photo SundanceMM_cover_zps39a8d126.jpg When you name your album based on a well known hip-hop album, you’re trying to make a statement. Sundance has done this with Midlife Marauders, a slight look back at A Tribe Called Quest’s Midnight Marauders but instead waiting until after 12am to find the newness in the music you love, you’re now dealing with the reality of where you’re at now. In this case, midlife can be anything from real life to ones career, taking a look from the outside and trying to understand where you’re at and what to do next.

The vibe of this album feels like something you might hear in a Roots discography, perfectly between How I Got Over and undun, as Sundance tells his story in a very genuine way with little to no metaphors, and it’s somewhat obvious on what he’s talking about. It’s also nice to hear hip-hop that isn’t afraid to sound like it’s older and mature, as if it realized it can’t be 14 forever and wants to celebrate its existence. While the album also features collaborations with Propaganda, Wonder Brown, Cas Metah, Theory Hazit, Ozay Moore, Sojourn, Elias, KJ 52, JustMe, Boombox Titans, J Givens, and Khadia Che among many, you can still hear the fact that this is a Sundance project and everyone else also knows it’s his album too.

While the album also has instrumentals to some of the songs, the true album is about eight songs long running at 30, but it’s the perfect length to tell the stories he is successful in taking. Now that we are in the concept of a midlife crisis, Sundance knows that your menstruating heart can’t bleed enough for two, and now he’s trying to find his way into some level of sanity.

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AUDIO: Sundance featuring Propaganda, Wonder Brown, Cas Metah, Elias, KJ-52, JGivens & Khadia Che’s “Rain”

A few days ago I shared with you a new song by Sundance called “Choose Your Weapon”. Two days later, another song for you from his forthcoming Midlife Marauders album on Illect Recordings, and this one is jam packed with guests. It’s called “Rain”, and along with Sundance it features Cas Metah, Khadia Che, Propaganda, Elias, Wonder Brown, JGivens, and KJ-52. The album will make itself known next week Tuesday.

AUDIO: Sundance featuring Elias & Sintax The Terrific’s “Choose Your Weapon”

The good folks at Illect Recordings have come up with a new one by Sundance called “Choose Your Weapon”, and the weapon may not be what you think. In order to guide him on this mission of weaponry, he has Sintax The Terrific and Elias to insure everything happens smoothly. The song will find its way on Midlife Marauders due out next week Tuesday.

FREE DL: Sundance offer some “Remixes From The Sun”

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Genre-bending hip-hop? The more the better.

This project by Sundance highlights some of the music he produced between 2009 to 2012, and if it seems that the hip-hop being pushed is just lame and flatline, you’re missing out on some of the varieties of hip-hop being made in that land called “elsewhere”, where Sundance seems to lounge around in from time to time. The album features tracks from some people you may already be familiar with, including Sivion, Theory Hazit, Mr. J. Medeiros, Lightheaded, and many more.

For those who prefer hard copy, a compact disc will be made available, but you can pre-order the CD by heading to Illect Recordings.

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VIDEO: Cas Metah & Wonder Brown featuring Copywrite & Elias”Drowning Man”


Find some elements, combine them and see what happens. That’s what happened here with Cas Metah & Wonder Brown, who put together “Drowning Man” with producer J. Rawls and got Copywrite and Elias into the mix. For the video, Wes Pendleton directed it and added his visual expertise to compliment the music.

The track is from Cas Metah & Wonder Brown’s collaborative album, The Darke Bros. (Illect), which is available now.

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