I’ve been a fan of Muggs’ work for a long time, so it is pretty amazing to be working with him on this new project… His dusty, dark, sample heavy production was a big inspiration on me when I made the transition from playing in a live band to producing hip hop tracks. I think the two of us really wanted to do a project that was a lot different than what either of us had done before, but something that still had the power, emotion, darkness, and energy that you can hear in our previous work. Brevi’s vocals are the perfect compliment to the dark cinematic sound and Sean’s creative direction will take this project to another level… I can’t wait to see what the future holds. ‘This is not your average ride, just sit back and free your mind’…”
“I’ve been grooving on these tracks for a few weeks now, and the moody, cinematic, urban vibe grows on me more each time I listen.”
—Xeni Jardin, Boing Boing (4/2/13)
The multimedia music/art collective CROSS MY HEART HOPE TO DIE—composed of founding member of the multi-platinum rap group Cypress Hill and Soul Assassins leader DJ Muggs, Andrew Kline, producer and founding member of the critically acclaimed hardcore band Strife, singer Brevi who has been featured on tracks alongside 50 Cent, Wiz Khalifa, and Xzibit, and the mastermind curator/hacker Sean Bonner—have today (April 2) released their self-titled debut EP on Alpha Pup Records.
In support of their EP, the collective has premiered their second single “Wildside” on tastemaker outlet Pitchfork, where Harley Brown notes, “Muggs and Kline’s love of dark, cinematic music finds expression in their ominously languid orchestra, which scores Brevi’s lyrical trajectory with the grace and scope of a movie soundtrack.” Listen to “Wildside” here: http://pitchfork.com/reviews/tracks/15218-wild-side/. Also available now from CROSS MY HEART HOPE TO DIE is their first single “Miracles”: https://soundcloud.com/cmhhtd/miracles. News on the official music video for “Miracles” will be announced soon.
CROSS MY HEART HOPE TO DIE has chosen a new path to create something that is truly an experience. The project transcends all musical boundaries—the music exists as just one part of the bigger picture, ever evolving. The foundation of this art collective rests on the balance of each element: art, visuals, music and the live experience—each as important and on point as the other. The sound system is the spark caused by the collision of veteran producer DJ Muggs and fellow producer Andrew Kline. With trajectories launched from different musical backgrounds, they shared a love of dark, cinematic music. The sound is rounded out by the addition of the ethereal songstress, Brevi, who elevates the tracks with her sexy and hauntingly beautiful vocals. Sean Bonner adds an additional, indefinable piece to this artistic enigma. Sean is a curator, hacker and creative technologist with a history in both the fine art and music worlds, he adds an unpredictable element to an already amorphous group.
CROSS MY HEART HOPE TO DIE is available now at iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/hope-to-die-ep/id610671395.
The tracklisting for CROSS MY HEART HOPE TO DIE is as follows:
- Wild Side
- Roller Coasting
About CROSS MY HEART HOPE TO DIE:
CROSS MY HEART HOPE TO DIE will change your perceptions of art, and challenge your expectations of music. More than just a multimedia project, the interactive street art side of this project has been manifesting for almost a year. Unsuspecting pedestrians around the world have been enjoying and participating in this project—sometimes without even knowing it. Inconspicuous art installations and street music boxes have been hidden in such cities as Los Angeles, New York, Tokyo, Rome, Belfast, Prague, and Vienna. CROSS MY HEART HOPE TO DIE wants to manipulate the way people find music, to bring back the thrill of discovery, something sorely needed in a digital age where we are constantly bombarded with aural stimulation. Upcoming gallery exhibitions and a series of videos shot all over the world make it obvious that CROSS MY HEART HOPE TO DIE is much more than just another musical project. Their actual scope escapes clear definition.
About ALPHA PUP RECORDS:
Alpha Pup Records was formed in 2004 by acclaimed producer Daddy Kev and business manager Danyell Jariel as a licensing entity to represent Kev’s back catalog. Six months later, inspired by the abundance of music being made by close friends, Kev and Danyell transformed Alpha Pup into a full-fledged label, serving as an outlet for experimental, creative and adventurous sounds. From the start they strived to serve the music with full dedication, to form not only a platform for the artist’s work but a company that they could feel confident and excited entrusting their art to. Now Alpha Pup—which roster includes Daedelus, Busdriver and Dibiase and has been described by XLR8R as “absolutely bursting with talent, it seems like a new mind-blowing record appears every few days”—has become the home to some of the most bold and forward-thinking labels in independent music. From the mind-melting punk of Gold Standard Labs to the astral trips of Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder imprint, Alpha Pup now represents over 40 of the world’s top independent labels. By curating these partnerships with a keen critical and artistic eye, Alpha Pup has become a trusted brand amongst global digital retailers.