Fast-rising Portland beat-based trio Hustle and Drone recently released its debut full-length album, HOLYLAND, to critical acclaim via Red Bull Sound Select (now available for sale on iTunes). For a taste of the record’s incredibly unique sound, described by Electronic Musician as “Spandau Ballet and Pet Shop Boys working from a single controller,” the band previously unveiled album cuts in the form of anthemic summer jam “The Glow,” “Evaporated” & “Bhikshu.”
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Hustle and Drone has quickly become renowned for its distinctive & somewhat unconventional approach, and has now unveiled an exceptional mash-up of sorts featuring NBA star Damian Lillard by the title of “Again & Again.” As frontman Ryan Neighbors elaborates, “Damian Lillard has been posting videos of himself rapping for four bars every Friday, which he refers to as ‘4 Bar Friday’. I myself am a huge Blazers & Damian Lillard fan, and on top of that, he has a great flow and really cool rhymes. So I decided to go through all of them, pick the ones that flow together, and make a song out of them.”
Hustle and Drone was established in February 2012, when keyboardist Ryan Neighbors left Portugal. the Man to pursue his own songwriting. He teamed up with longtime friend Kirk Ohnstad, and the two immediately began recording & writing. Hustle and Drone released its debut, self-titled EP in July of that year. The band decided to record with producer Sonny DiPerri, which marked the beginning of HOLYLAND– spending time at beach houses & their basement in Portland in order to perfectly craft the record. In the summer of 2013, Kirk made his departure from the group- bringing in bassist Andy Black & Ryan Moore.
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