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Imperial and Kinetik Adventures in Technicolour 25 Facts

• May 25, 2016
Imperial and Kinetik Adventures in Technicolour

Imperial and Kinetik Adventures in Technicolour

In our popular series, please find the latest installment for Imperial and Kinetik Adventures in Technicolour 25 facts.

  1. The album title, ‘Adventures In Technicolour’ (AIT), came about from an interview with Tom Simkins from BBC Cambridgeshire after Imperial and K.I.N.E.T.I.K.’s headline performance at the Secret Garden Party 2015. In the interview, K.I.N.E.T.I.K. described their first EP, ‘Pencils Not Pistols’ (PNP) as being in ‘monochrome’ and ‘AIT’ as being in ‘technicolour’.

2. Other album title ideas included ‘Fresh Equations’ and ‘Music You Can Play For Your Mother’.

3. Sonically, ‘AIT’ is much brighter and fuller than ‘PNP’. The beats contain more layers than ‘PNP’ and the production is far more creative and precise.

4. The artwork was a collaboration between Imperial and K.I.N.E.T.I.K. and their good friend Agnes and Lupus. The album cover is actually Imperial after eating 30 packs of skittles and the deluxe cover available through Bandcamp is K.I.N.E.T.I.K., but that took 40 packs. It was very messy.

5. The feel and approach for ‘One Big Rhyme’ was inspired by ‘Save The Children’ by Joey Bada$$. K.I.N.E.T.I.K. wanted to challenge himself and go beyond the usual 16 bar verse and 8 bar hook formula that he was becoming reliant on, so he just decided to write ‘one big rhyme’ literally.

6. The crowd audio used on the intro and outro for ‘Good’ Music’ was captured on Imperial’s GoPro at the end their show on the BBC Introducing stage at Secret Garden Party 2015. They didn’t get to perform that last song though.

7. The first verse of ‘Good Music’ was written back in late 2012 to the first beat Imperial ever sent to K.I.N.E.T.I.K. when he asked him to feature on his solo album. They ended up recording ‘Zone Out’ instead.

8. The second verse of ‘Good Music’ was all Imperial’s idea. The song was done and then Imperial had the bright idea of doing a new second verse paying tribute to all of their favourite Hip Hop duos. K.I.N.E.T.I.K. didn’t just want to name drop, but he wanted to include the names of his favourite duos in a cohesive narrative. He also wanted to shed light on duos who are either less well known like Epidemic or sometimes overlooked like Eightball and M.J.G.

9. To save time, a few of the songs were recorded to other instrumentals and remixed by Imperial to fit the feel of the album. ‘Higher’ was originally recorded to ‘Freedom’ by The Procussions, ‘Good Music’ was recorded to ‘Miss January’ by The Procussions and ‘Not For Sale’ was recorded to ‘Sapporo Summer’ by Funky D.L.

Imperial and Kinetik Good Music

Imperial and Kinetik Good Music

10. There are a few unreleased tracks from the album sessions including one called ‘Dexter Morgan’ that was recorded to ‘Hood In The U.S.A.’ by Large Professor and another one called ‘This Goes Out To You’ featuring Sivion.

11. ‘Travel The Map’ came about from K.I.N.E.T.I.K. interviewing Oddisee for thehiphopchronicle.com. Details were exchanged and Oddisee agreed to work on a collaboration. There was a small window of time to get the song done, so a beat from Imperial’s stash was sent to Oddisee to write something to about travelling. Two weeks later, Oddisee sent his verse back and Imperial remixed the beat afterwards.

12. The ‘Softer Than Pampers’ skit was literally added at the last minute. K.I.N.E.T.I.K. messaged his best friend, Jamieson, asking him to do the skit as a favour. Jamieson recorded his vocals on his iPhone after having just woken up which is why he sounds slightly ‘out of it’.

13. Like the skit before it, ‘Hold That’ was also added to the album at the 11th hour. Josh at Illect wanted a bonus track for the UK audience and nobody reps UK Hip Hop more than Micall Parknsun. Using ‘The New Raw’ produced by Ohmega Watts as inspiration, Imperial knocked out this beat, K.I.N.E.T.I.K. put in a call to Parky and the rest is history. This track is without a doubt, the hardest song on the album.

14. ‘Golden Crown’ is a tribute to their fallen comrade, Praverb The Wyse. Imperial and K.I.N.E.T.I.K. initially crossed paths because of an interview that I.N.E.T.I.K. did for www.praverb.net. Praverb agreed to feature on the album but unfortunately, due to Praverb’s sudden passing, this idea was never realised.

15. Only 1 song contains a real instrumentation and the rest is all sequenced. The guitars for ‘Man Of The House’ were recorded by Marc Lawrence. Marc is the mastering engineer for many of Tommy Boy’s current Hip Hop releases.

16. ‘Just Another Day’ was the first song that was recorded for this album even though at the time, they didn’t know that they were going to make an album. The original idea that K.I.N.E.T.I.K. had for this beat was about a man who got caught cheating on his wife. Infidelity is far from funny so when K.I.N.E.T.I.K. told Imperial about his idea, he replied with “write some nice Summery raps”.

17. The cuts used on ‘The Great Indoors’ were sent to Imperial and K.I.N.E.T.I.K. by Red Pill himself. After asking on Twitter if anyone had the acapellas for ‘Rap Game Cranky’, James Gardin (who features on ‘Fresh’), reached out to his Blat Pack brethren Red Pill and assisted with the hook up.

18. Sampling Phife from A Tribe Called Quest for the hook on ‘Not For Sale’ was K.I.N.E.T.I.K.’s idea. The song deals with maintaining your integrity in a world that encourages everything but that. This track was completed in September 2015 and with Phife’s recent death, the song now has an even deeper meaning for the duo.

Imperial and Kinetik Higher

Imperial and Kinetik Higher

19. K.I.N.E.T.I.K. was listening to a lot of N.W.A. records while writing the album hence the ‘Compton’ reference on ‘Fix Your Face’ and the ‘Eazy-E’ reference on ‘Man Of The House’.

20. K.I.N.E.T.I.K.’s writing process includes recording each new song on his iPhone using the Voice Memos app. He then sends the ‘demo’ over to Imperial for feedback prior to recording in the actual studio.

21. K.I.N.E.T.I.K. ate a box of 8 chicken wings and drank four bottles of Desperados in each recording session. Shout out to Morley’s in Forest Hill, London.

22. Imperial and K.I.N.E.T.I.K. didn’t record any of the album’s songs together. They did stay in frequent contact via phone calls, email, telegram, courier and even sent messages with pigeons.

23. For the producers and gear nerds out there, Imperial used Logic Pro X for beatmaking, mixing and mastering. A few of his favourite plugins and synths that were used extensively on the album include; Brainworx saturator, Noveltech character, NI Transient Master, NI Absynth, Passion Flute, Rump Shaker, FabFilter Timeless 2, D16 Decimort, Waves CLA compressors and Ozone 6.

24. ‘AIT’ hit number one in the iTunes Hip Hop pre-order chart and featured on the front page three days after it became available. The response to the album before it has even been released has been staggering and Imperial and K.I.N.E.T.I.K. are hugely thankful to everyone who has pre-ordered a copy.

25. After the high demand for physical product, Imperial and K.I.N.E.T.I.K. have made the album available on limited edition CD and cassette. The CD can be ordered at imperialandkinetik.com.

Please make sure you download the album and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading Imperial and Kinetik Adventures in Technicolour 25 facts. You can watch Imperial and Kinetik – Good Music on the YouTube player below.

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Imperial and Kinetik Good Music

• March 14, 2016
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Imperial and Kinetik Good Music

As we announced a few days ago, Imperial and Kinetik are releasing their upcoming album “Adventures in Technicolour” on Friday 15th Aprl 2016. We have a the first official single from the project by Imperial and Kinetik Good Music.

PRE-ORDER | Imperial and Kinetik – Adventures in Technicolour

Good Music serves as a taste of what to come from the producer/rapper combination, who are following up from their previous album “Pencils not Pistols”.

The upcoming album contains 21 tracks and features guest appearances from the likes of Oddisee, Tone Richardson and Micall Parknsun among others. We are anticipating to hear more tracks from the album before the project officially drops, in both audio and visual form.

PREVIOUS | Imperial and Kinetik Announce New Album “Adventures in Technicolour”

We have the official tracklisting for Adventures in Technicolour below, and please check out the latest single from Imperial and Kinetik Good Music on the soundcloud link here.

1. The Adventure Begins
2. One Big Rhyme
3. Higher
4. Good Music
5. Just Another Day
6. Home To An Immovable Species (Skit)
7. The Great Indoors
8. A Lukewarm Beverage and Sweetened Nourishment (Skit)
9. Fix Your Face featuring Tone Richardson
10. Fresh featuring James Gardin
11. Softer Than Pampers (Skit)*
12. Hold That featuring Micall Parknsun*
13. Zone Out (Remix)
14. No In-Flight Entertainment (Skit)
15. Travel The Map featuring Oddisee
16. Man Of The House featuring Tone Richardson
17. Golden Crown featuring Elias
18. The National Soul-Search Helpline (Skit)
19. Not For Sale
20. Travel The Map featuring Oddisee (Ess Be Remix)**
21. Travel The Map featuring Oddisee (Jeremy Arey Remix)**

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Imperial and Kinetik Adventures in Technicolour

• March 12, 2016
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Imperial and Kinetik Adventures in Technicolour

PRE-ORDER | Imperial and Kinetik Adventures in Technicolour

I’ve said this before and I will say it again. Imperial and Kinetik are my favourite UK producer/rapper combination, so I’m happy to share the news that their upcoming album “Adventures in Technicolour” is now available to pre-order. The album will be released and avalable to the public on Friday 15th April 2016, and guest appearances include the likes of Oddisee, James Gardin, Micall Parknsun and Tone Richardson among others. We do have the official artwork and tracklist as well.

PREVIOUS – Imperial and Kinetik – Celebrate

Imperial and Kinetik have worked on previous projects together, more notably the “Pencils not Pistols” album which was released via Illect Recordings (who will also be putting out Adventures in Technicolour). We’ve seen a number of singles released from that project, and Imperial and Kinetik have also performed live together, incorporating a custom made console (check the link below).

You can view the offcial artwork for Imperial and Kinetik Adventures in Technicolour here, and please make sure to pre-order the album from the iTunes link above.

1. The Adventure Begins
2. One Big Rhyme
3. Higher
4. Good Music
5. Just Another Day
6. Home To An Immovable Species (Skit)
7. The Great Indoors
8. A Lukewarm Beverage and Sweetened Nourishment (Skit)
9. Fix Your Face featuring Tone Richardson
10. Fresh featuring James Gardin
11. Softer Than Pampers (Skit)*
12. Hold That featuring Micall Parknsun*
13. Zone Out (Remix)
14. No In-Flight Entertainment (Skit)
15. Travel The Map featuring Oddisee
16. Man Of The House featuring Tone Richardson
17. Golden Crown featuring Elias
18. The National Soul-Search Helpline (Skit)
19. Not For Sale
20. Travel The Map featuring Oddisee (Ess Be Remix)**
21. Travel The Map featuring Oddisee (Jeremy Arey Remix)**

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Imperial and Kinetik – Celebrate

• January 5, 2016
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imperial and kinetik – celebrate

PREVIOUS | Imperial and Kinetik – Memory Lane Pt1 and Pt2 (LIVE)

My favourite UK producer combo (Imperial / Kinetik) return with a brand new single titled “Celebrate”. Uploaded to the Illect Records Soundcloud page, the new track is a party starter and has both a reflective and optimistic feel to it. With plenty in store planned for Imperial and Kinetik in 2016 (watch this space), Celebrate has perfectly ended the year for the UK duo. Look out for more news about the upcoming Imperial and Kinetik album we have been promised in 2016, and in the meantime you can listen to Imperial and Kinetik – Celebrate on the soundcloud player below.

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Imperial – Like This

• December 1, 2015
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Imperial – Like This

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UK music producer Imperial has released his latest instrumental Hip-Hop track titled “Like This”. The funky track is available to stream on Imperial’s soundcloud page and I’ve also embedded the player below. Check out Imperial who has featured on Hip-Hop Kings in recent years with great remixes to classic artists including De La Soul and Kanye West, along with his excellent work with Kinetik. You can listen to Imperial – Like This on the soundcloud player below.

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Imperial and Kinetik – Memory Lane Pt1 and Pt2 (Live)

• August 21, 2015
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Kinetik – Whole Life Ahead of Me

PREVIOUS | Kinetik – Whole Life Ahead of Me

One of my favourite UK rappers called Kinetik has been featured on Hip-Hop Kings a number of times over the years, so I’m delighted to share a brand new video which was released today. Working with his partner in rhyme (Imperial, who I’m also a huge fan of) the pair were captured by BBC Introducting, performing at the Secret Garden Party 2015). Imperial and Kinetik drop Memory Lane and add a special ending to the track as well. You can watch the Imperial and Kinetik – Memory Lane Pt1 and Pt2 (Live) video on the YouTube player below.

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Zeke Thomas ft Chuck D and Jasiri X – Blackness (Imperial Remix)

• February 25, 2015 • Comments (0)

Zeke Thomas - Blackness (Imperial Remix)

PREVIOUS | De La Soul – Itzsoweezee (Imperial Remix)

UK producer Imperial has been approached by Tommy Boy to remix the Zeke Thomas single “Blackness”. With the legendary Chuck D of Public Enemy and Jasiri X featuring on the track, Imperial inserts his own unique stamp on “Blackness” which has been uploaded to the Tommy Boy soundcloud player. Imperial has been featured regularly on Hip-Hop Kings in 2014 so please check the previous releases and look out for plenty more music this year. You can listen to Zeke Thomas ft Chuck D and Jasiri X – Blackness (Imperial Remix) on the soundcloud player below.

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De La Soul – Itzsoweezee (Imperial Remix)

• August 11, 2014 • Comments (2)

PREVIOUS | Imperial and Kinetik –  Just  Another Day

It’s always a treat to hear new sounds from UK producer Imperial, and this time we have a remix of the classic De La Soul track “Itzsoweezee”. Hip-Hop Kings fans will be aware of Imperial for his work with UK rapper Kinetik, and his previous remixes of “Diamonds from Sierra Leone” by Kanye West and “Linguistics” by Jurassic 5. Imperial also provided the exclusive content for the “25 Facts About Imperial and Kinetik – Pencils Not Pistols” project that was posted towards the end of 2013. You can listen to De La Soul – Itzsoweezee (Imperial Remix) on the soundcloud player below.

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Imperial and Kinetik – Just Another Day

• July 15, 2014 • Comments (1)

Imperial and Kinetik – Just Another Day

DOWNLOAD | Imperial and Kinetik – Pencils not Pistols

EXCLUSIVE | 25 Facts About Imperial and Kinetik – Pencils not Pistols

The formidable Imperial and Kinetik have once again graced our headphones with their brand new single “Just Another Day”. The James Bond-esq titled is met with similar class from Imperial and Kinetik as they once again confirm why they’re one of my favourite pairings within the UK music scene at the moment. Fans of HHK will be familiar with Imperial and Kinetik’s collaborative album “Pencils not Pistols” which you can download from the link above, along with reading the exclusive 25 Facts about Pencils not Pistols also above. You can listen to Imperial and Kinetik – Just Another Day on the soundcloud player below.

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Imperial ft Agnes and Lupus – Amongst Wolves

• March 26, 2014 • Comments (0)

Imperial ft Agnes and Lupus - Amongst Wolves

DOWNLOAD | Imperial ft Agnes and Lupus – Amongst Wolves

PREVIOUS | Imperial and Kinetik – Go Hard ft Tone Richardson

In a brand new series titled Triptych, Illect Recordings artist Imperial teams up with Agnes and Lupus for the single “Amongst Wolves”. With accompanying visuals, Amongst Wolves is described as a dark and gritty project about duality, and features quotes from Stevenson, Conrad, Lewis, Palakniuk and Christ. Fans can download Amongst Wolves from the official Bandcamp page (link above), and listen to Imperial ft Agnes and Lupus – Amongst Wolves on the YouTube player below.

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