4/20@W2 – Mochipet & MC Zulu

In celebration of their latest collaborative LP, Mochipet Is Evil, which came out about 2 weeks ago, Mochipet & MC Zulu will be bringing their unique style of apocalyptic carnival bashment to Vancouver for an exclusive performance at the W2 Media Cafe this Friday, April 20th as part of our 4/20 Earthweek kick-off late-night festivities.

The LP is available for purchase on Addictech, Beatport & iTunes and features remixes from BC’s own Yan Zombie & Jay Wikid, as well as Skulltrane, BD1982, Hellfire Machina, Freddy Todd & more.  Mochipet also did a “ska” remix of the album track “Year Of The Dragon,” which is available for free download (right click, save as).  I really dig this tune, I find it quite catchy and I think it’s intriguing that a producer like Mochipet, who is primarily known for producing exclusively electronic music, played the guitar, bass & Moog tracks himself.

MC Zulu is an absolutely electrifying performer, with a rapid-fire cadence and an unshakeable confidence, megaphone in hand & socio-politically fuelled lyrics aimed to fire up the dancehall, whichever continent he may find himself in. He also boasts a YouTube channel of over 100 videos, including live performances, and a slew of unreleased dubplates in a wide array of different riddims.

MC Zulu – “Check The Frequency” live at Burning Man 2011

Since Mochipet released this album, and many others, on his own imprint (Daly City Records), he owns all the rights to the content, making it incredibly easy for him to license remixes – which he plans to.  He has launched a new project called PetNation, which is basically an extensive remix competition, with some great prizes for the winners – this month the stems for “Mochipet Is Evil,” the title track from the new album, is up for remixing, with a slew of remixes pouring in already.

Mochipet – “Godzilla New Year” music video

Both MC Zulu & Mochipet have a slew of topnotch releases dating back 10 years & further, over a myriad of different styles.  Mochipet’s early explorations of the breakcore scene before evolving towards a heavy glitchy sound, and Zulu’s flirtations with proto-bashment & soca (his work with Poirier was immense, ie “Go Ballistic“) have culminated in this accomplished & varied project.  In fact, I can say that I personally enjoy this album more than any Mochipet’s previous material due to the more prominent dancehall influences at play, which are very pronounced in this album track, “To The East,” which was also released as a free download.

So, if you find yourself at the Vancouver Art Gallery this Friday for the 4/20 celebration, or anywhere in the Vancouver area for that matter, be sure to make your way down to W2 (111 W. Hastings) for the late night revelry.

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