This album has been out a couple of years now, but it’s only recently I got into Tobacco (via his main project Black Moth Super Rainbow) and got hooked. Like movies and their sequels, it’s rare that a side project proves to be far more interesting than the flagship act, but that’s just what happens on Fucked Up Friends.
There’s still plenty of similarities to BMSR’s synthy psychedelia, fuzzy melodies whizz and whir through odd (and frequently eerie) tracks with effect-laden vocals; but where BMSR often follow a fairly pedestrian pace, Fucked Up Friends is bursting at the seems with edgy hip hop beats and harsh electro pulses.
It’s an abrasive, exciting and sometimes confusing mix. Psychedelic hip hop? As weird a concept as that may look in writing, it actually works out really well.
That Tobacco manages to mix a whole range of diverse, in-your-face sounds into something cohesive is a bit of a feat (a talent repeated last year with an epic remix of HEALTH’s Die Slow).
For any fans out there, mashup extraordinaires The Hood Internet have a great 7 track mix of Tobacco vs Aesop Rock that’s well worth hearing: