ASM (A State Of Mind)
ASM’s debut full-length album ‘Platypus Funk’ was allegedly created by the 3 young migratory Platypi Green-T, FP, and Fade near a lazy stream in a forest where it’s always summer in high school. Having slipped into the tributary off the mainstream by accident, the Platypi soon began indulging in the surrounding greenery and floating through the peaceful waters, spending their nights jamming with the jazzed-out local Echidna population, and they decided to stick around. After excavating a crate of dusty records stacked with roots reggae, rare soul and raw funk from the muddy river banks, the Platypi soon got to work building a recording nest from whatever flotsam came their way. After two sun-drenched years, they sent a wooden cassette of their recordings downstream, in the hopes that others would stumble across it and join their tranquil commune. What was discovered on the tape marked ‘Platypus Funk’ was a pure manifestation of the ASM Platypus vibe: rhyme-flipping nerdery, deep funk grooves, soulful horn-lines and neck-snapping boom-bap drums.
The features list reads as a testament to the inspirations and companions that have encountered the ASM Platypi on their path. They include Dj Vadim (BBE Music), Sadat X (Brand Nubian), Wildchild (Stones Throw), Kid Kanevil (Firstword), Bonobo (Tru-Thoughts) and Mr Mattic (Wax Tailor crew).
The 3 Platypi occasionally pose as international Hip Hop collective A State of Mind (ASM), and have been compared in their sound to the likes of Jurassic 5, The Pharcyde, People Under The Stairs, and A Tribe Called Quest. Principally composed of multi-national lyricists Green-T and FP, as well as MPC-wizard Fade, the ASM Platypus crew extends to include 6ix Toys Echidnas Mack-Hi and Pow-Lo on the horns, The Fat C on beaterludes, Sativo on cuts & scratches and Nearski on graphic design.
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