Fist Fam Producer Al Lover Builds Hip-Hop Beats Out of Thee Oh Sees and Ty Segall

If you thought 13 & God was an interesting combination of the worlds of hip-hop (Oakland's Themselves) and indie-rock (the Notwist), you should check out what Al Lover, producer for the Fist Fam (an All Shook Down favorite), has been working on: hip-hop remixes of songs by modern psychedelic/garage groups like Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall, Shapes Have Fangs, The Moonhearts, Jeff the Brotherhood, and King Tuff.

Lover's free new album, Reverberating Distortion, takes songs by 10 bands and remixes them into hip-hop beats — though you really notice the hip-hop flavor of the tracks only when you play them on a stereo with sufficient bass response. The result is what could pass for an instrumental breakdown (or raveup) in each of the bands' live sets: a (usually) wordless groove that uses the nervy energy and trashy reverb of its source material to create something that doesn't quite live comfortably in the world of hip-hop.

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