* Cosmopolitan beat science.
* Sudanese coffee, a cashmere scarf, and a pair of suede Pumas... don't forget the cardamom.
* A vigorous head-nod experience in a plush lounge.
* The beauty of repetition gradually morphing with every loop.
* Aural trilateral symmetry.
To generate a truly multi-hued sonic palette, producers Oddisee and Unknown and reed specialist Kolai were able to draw from a prolific community of musicians in Washington, DC. A city that is too often stereotyped solely as a destination for political ladder climbers, Washington has it's own cultural and artistic intersections that brought Ave.To's collaborators together. It's a city with northern sophistication and southern soul. It has the creative energy of New York but a smaller scale that doesn't smother the spirit. It's a place with a strong local history that also absorbs migrants from every continent. Oddisee filters a Sudanese heritage through the lens of hip-hop and the ethos of go-go. Kolai, the African raised Frenchman, can draw from classical traditions as well as conjure up Eastern textures from his flute. Unknown's mastery of dissecting breaks further grounds the trio in rhythm and b-boy tradition. Ave.To is indeed world music.
Since producing and performing the hit track "Musik Lounge" for DJ Jazzy Jeff's The Magnificent LP in 2002, Amir "Oddisee" Mohamed has quickly become a rising star in Hip-Hop and an artist to keep your eye on as both a producer and emcee extraordinaire. Taking advantage of working at A Touch of Jazz studios, Oddisee has incorporated the neo soul vibe of Philly into his eclectic and well decorated resume. Coming from a diverse background, the half Sudanese half African American was blessed with musical talent from both sides of his family. Oddisee was influenced by the accomplished singers, guitarists, and poets on his Sudanese side, and on his American side, by the gospel singers, bluegrass guitar players, and older cousins who gave him his first taste of Hip-Hop. Ironically, though, it was his Sudanese father that gave Oddisee the vinyl that fueled his passion for producing Hip-Hop music.??Since turning his focus towards Hip-Hop in 1999, Oddisee has worked with the likes of Gary Shider of Parliament and Funkadelic, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Talib Kweli, J-Live, Wordsworth, Little Brother, Freddie Foxxx, Asheru, The UN, The Visionaries and many other respected recording artists around the world. In addition, Oddisee received a tremendous amount of attention and critical acclaim for his stand-out performances and production work on albums such as DJ Jazzy Jeff's The Magnificent, Halftooth Records' You Don't Know the Half, Wordsworth's Mirror Music, J-Live's The Hear After, Kev Brown's I Do What I Do, and The Foreign Exchange's Connected, as well as his own renowned Instrumental Mixtape - Vol. 1, which was released in 2005 on Halftooth Records.??Signed with New York based Halftooth Records, Oddisee is invading air waves and record stores near you with a unique sound that is impossible to ignore. With his incredibly distinctive and mesmerizing style, Oddisee covers just about every sect of Hip-Hop music, creating a sound that is appealing to all music lovers. Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Maryland, Oddisee and his Low Budget crew, including such Hip-Hop artists and producers as Kev Brown, Kenn Starr and Cy Young, have already managed to leave their mark within the Hip-Hop community of the D.C. metropolitan area, and Oddisee is today introducing his remarkable sounds to the world and ready to influence the entire Hip-Hop community. Although he has his own original and creative style and sound, Oddisee has been compared to such outstanding producers as Jay Dee, Pete Rock, Madlib and J. Rawls, and he has been called "one of the best underground producers in the game" by HipHopGame.com and "the best producer in Hip-Hop that you probably don't know yet" by AllHipHop.com. With a number of phenomenal projects and collaborations already under his belt, this producer/emcee extraordinaire is working on several amazing and exciting projects for release in 2006 and beyond. If he isn't already, Oddisee is poised to be your favorite beat maker and lyricist in one. Watch out world!!!
African by Birth. European by Upbringing. Asian Spiritually. American at Heart. Kolai's music is gentle and sweet, some have even said tinted with nostalgia. Melodies are in his head all day long. Some he captures. Others he happily watches fly away... Kolai has been making music for some time now. He's worked with Jazz and Classical musicians, Djs, Producers, NeoSoul or Ska Bands, Vocalists, Lyricists, MCs, etc... "I am happy to work with who ever will have me!" He laughs in his studio, making another cup of green tea. "Music is Infinitely Humbling," he goes on, "Sometimes I feels like you're at the end of your rope and the next day, you're with your friends and some music begins to happen before your very ears and you have to pinch yourself because you're so happy it feels like a Dream!" "I'm definitely hooked on those moments..." We are hooked on his music.
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