Legendary Bronx, New York City-based rapper KOOL KEITH and Nashville powerviolence duo THETAN present their collaborative Space Goretex LP, approaching release in April through Anti-Corporate Music. The album features guest appearances from members of Gwar, Three 6 Mafia, Dwarves, Lost Dog Street Band, and more, and this week, a tripped-out visualizer video for the track “Bad Dreams” has been premiered at Revolver Magazine.
The KOOL KEITH x THETAN Space Goretex album was recorded by Dan Emery and Fred Ones, with all post-production and mastering handled by Emery at Black Matter Mastering (Buzzov*en, Lost Dog Street Band, Krieg). The album’s cover art was created by Ethan Lee McCarthy (Primitive Man, Many Blessings), and the new visualizer video for “Bad Dreams” created by David Brenner (Gridfailure).
KOOL KEITH states with the new single, “’Bad Dreams’ is the perfect split personality alias collision song.” Offers THETAN’s Dan Emery, “This song haunted me throughout production. I kept coming back to it adding different things. Extra layers, weird sounds, all that. Every time I would end up stripping it back down to the fundamentals. I did this probably seven or eight times.”
Revolver writes with the premiere, “KOOL KEITH has long been one of the most unique and visionary forces in hip-hop, both as a founding member of the Ultramagnetic MCs and as a shape-shifting solo artist recording and performing as various alter-egos, including the infamous extraterrestrial time-traveling gynecologist Dr. Octagon. He’s also been prolific on the collaboration front, partnering with Ice-T, Dead Cross, Tim Dog, Dan The Automator, and many others over the years. In 2019, he added to that list with the Record Store Day single ‘Complicated Trip,’ a collaborative cut with Nashville powerviolence duo THETAN that proved so fruitful that the collective has since recorded an entire album together. Titled Space Goretex, it’s due this April through Anti-Corporate Music, and today, KOOL KEITH and THETAN have teamed with Revolver to premiere standout LP cut ‘Bad Dreams,’ along with its tripped-out visualizer.”
See the KOOL KEITH x THETAN “Bad Dreams” video at Revolver Magazine RIGHT HERE.
Anti-Corporate Music will release Space Goretex on CD, LP, cassette, and all digital platforms on April 10th. Find preorders for all formats and merch options HERE.
Watch for additional audio samples, an official video for the “Hallucinations” single, and more to be posted in the weeks ahead.
Following their liaison last year for the “Complicated Trip” Record Store Day single, KOOL KEITH and THETAN present Space Goretex. Highlighting the artist’s singular lyrical attack, Space Goretex is the first album combining all of KOOL KEITH’s primary personas – Dr. Octagon, Dr. Dooom, and Black Elvis. The instrumentation is primarily comprised of bass, drums, theremin, and synth, performed by THETAN’s Chad L’Plattenier and Dan Emery. The album also includes some special guest appearances, including Gangsta Boo (Three 6 Mafia) who performs as Officer Lola. Casey Orr (Gwar, X-Cops) appears as his X-Cops character Sheriff Tubb Tucker, marking the first time he has recorded anything as this character since 1996. Blag Dahlia from the Dwarves provides a monologue alongside Ashley Mae of Lost Dog Street Band and DJ Black Cat Sylvester, inventor of the Synth-Table. Blowfly’s right-hand man Uncle Tom Bowker also makes an appearance.
Since the mid-1980s, KOOL KEITH has been an icon in the hip-hop world, as one of the founders of the Ultramagnetic MC’s. Following that act’s departure, he began a long career with several personas, releasing an extensive arsenal of albums, singles, and much more since the mid-1990s, including collaborations with Ice-T, Tim Dog, Dan The Automator, and many others. His tracks have appeared in movies and television programs including Charlie’s Angels, Grandma’s Boy, Blade: Trinity, Scary Movie 2, Office Space, The Wire, Chuck, and more.
THETAN has been grinding out their pummeling powerviolence/hardcore since 2011, most of the time as the stripped-down two-piece lineup of drummer Chad L’Plattenier and bassist/vocalist Dan Emery the band currently bears. The band has issued two LPs, several singles and EPs, splits with the likes of Bleed The Pigs, Downpour, Bible Thumper, and others along the way.