Video: Drums & Ammo Announce Instrumental Album Vol. 1 For April 14 West Coast Producer Collective Steps To The Forefront With New Beat Tape

Video: Drums & Ammo Announce Instrumental Album Vol. 1 For April 14 West Coast Producer Collective Steps To The Forefront With New Beat Tape

SWTBRDS production collective Drums & Ammo, comprised of Al Jieh, Ammbush, 6Fingers, and REL, are excited to announce the release of their upcoming instrumental album. Titled Vol. 1, the new project will be released for free download on www.SWTBRDS.com on April 14, 2011.

It’s about time Drums & Ammo came together to officially release a collection of their instrumentals. If you’ve been listening to West Coast hip-hop in recent years there’s a very good chance you’ve heard your fair share of Drums & Ammo production. Various members have produced and worked as recording engineers for Raphael Saadiq, Exile, The Grouch, Keak Da Sneak, Messy Marv, PSD The Drivah, DaVinci, Moe Green, Bambu, Del the Funky Homosapien, and many more.

While each producer brings a distinct style to the table, their shared musical influences allow them to create a cohesive sound. “Even though we’re a group of producers who each have our own aesthetic, we share a unifying element, which is our Bay Area influence,” says Al Jieh. “As varied as we are, all of our music possesses that difficult-to-describe but instantly recognizable Bay Area slap aesthetic. Ammbush’s production style is hard and sample-driven, REL’s style has more of that laid back stoner feel, 6Fingers has that mad scientist feel, but it’s that distinctive Bay Area slap that unites us. And in keeping in step with West Coast production style, we also played live instruments on top of the samples.”

With their new album, Vol. 1, that slap is on full display, and while producers are often forced to operate behind the scenes as the driving force behind an artist’s vision, Drums & Ammo are putting their own names on the marquee with this new release. “The DJ and producer, for me, was always the guy that held down the foundation,” says Ammbush. “They have been and will remain an important and key part of the process.” Adds Al Jieh, “This project communicates that, as a crew, our sound is extremely diverse, yet all of our styles share a common Bay Area musical influence. That’s what keeps Drums & Ammo sounding cohesive,” explains Al Jieh. “We’re really about maintaining our identity out here. This is West Coast music, but the sound is global.”

Drums & Ammo’s Vol.1 will be released on April 14, 2011 on www.SWTBRDS.com.

Watch the video for Ammbush’s “Speak Up,” a track which Ammbush both produced and raps on:

The Background:

Drums & Ammo is a four-man production team featuring Ammbush, 6Fingers, REL & Al Jieh. Collectively, they have worked with the likes of Raphael Saadiq, Messy Marv, Bambu, DaVinci, Keak Da Sneak, Mistah FAB, The Jacka, Del the Funky Homosapien, Exile, and many more. Their diversity in experience and range in sound – from spacey to soulful psychedelic – allow their music to be so much more than just Hip Hop. Drums & Ammo will be putting their sound on full display, releasing a debut album of their instrumental work, Vol. 1, for free on April 14, 2011.

SWTBRDS Background:

SWTBRDS (pronounced Sweetbreads) is a Bay Area-based record label that exemplifies the raw, rare and boutique qualities of its namesake. Founded in 2009, it houses rapper, DaVinci, renaissance DJ, Prince Aries, DJ + rapper duo StreetMedia, as well as the dynamic production team, Drums & Ammo, featuring the collective musical work of producers Ammbush, REL, Al Jieh and 6Fingers. Their first release was the self-titled StreetMedia LP, followed by Adrian Champion Presents: Stars & Stripes – The White Stripes Reimagined in Winter & Spring of 2009. Their most recent release was The Day The Turf Stood Still by DaVinci, his debut album, which received critical acclaim from publications such as Pitchfork.com, Wax Poetics, SF Weekly, XLR8R, Ozone Magazine, URB.com, and more. With a diverse release schedule on the horizon, SWTBRDS kicks 2011 off with Prince Aries’ Clean Ass Whip mixtape, an ode to West Coast Hip-Hop’s cruising aesthetic, dropping in May 2011. Soon to follow are DaVinci’s Feast or Famine EP and The MOEna Lisa LP, Drums & Ammo, Vol. 1, the self-titled first installment of a new instrumental series, REL’s sophomore solo instrumental album, The Orchestration 2, Ammbush’s solo artist EP, and StreetMedia’s sophomore album.

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