WYLA?, the latest album from Chicago's Copperpot (real name Daniel Kuypers) has been steadily drawing the attention of critics and fans alike to not only Pot's unique brand of beat-making, but to the eclectic guests that join in on the effort.
The line-up recently prompted hometown magazine Time Out Chicago to say, “He does the sophomore trump, as opposed to the slump, on WYLA? (short for What’re You Looking At?) with major help from an eclectic, peculiarly Chi-town rotation of guests. Post-rock and jazz musicians (drummers Dan Bitney [of Tortoise] and Frank Rosaly, bassist Josh Abrams, guitarist Jeff Parker [of Tortoise]) commingle with British MCs (Braintax, Rodney P) and conscious underground legends (KRS-One, Masta Ace and TOC fave Psalm One). The live musicians add ripples to each loop’s tranquil surface and flesh out Copperpot’s carnival aesthetic.” Time Out writer Matthew Lurie elaborates by saying, “…the best tracks here come not from the unusually animated KRS but from more unexpected places. The British—but not grimy—MC Braintax, in particular, turns in a hilarious scolding to all the demo-tape authors who bombard him.” Download the Copperpot track “Demo” featuring Braintax (MP3).
In addition to local love from Time Out, The Chicago Reader, and Chicago Tribune, national publications have also rung in with praise for WYLA?, with URB, Remix and noted blog Brooklyn Vegan all buzzing with excitement about the record which is to be released this month on Copperpot's own EV Productions label. The shy Chi-town beatsmith shows no signs of slowing down either as WYLA? recently entered the CMJ New Music Report charts as the #4 most-spun hip hop record at college radio.
Copperpot has been producing hip hop since 2000 when he joined The Phonograph Scientists, a Chicago-based turntable crew. Pot went solo in 2005 with his album Chapter 7 and soon after things got hot when The Chicago Reader ran a feature spotlighting his appearances on local projects from artists like Qwaazar (Typical Cats), Iomos Marad (All Natural) and several acclaimed 12” singles featuring local Chicago emcees paired with lyricists from London.
Now, with his new album, WYLA?, Pot has strayed from the bedroom producer style. Enter Matthew Lux, a member of the experimental group Isotope 217. Lux called upon a slew of artists from all over Chicago to help create of WYLA?, most notably Jeff Parker and Dan Bitney, members of supergroup Tortoise. WYLA? also features many notable guests, including hip hop legend KRS-One and MC Braintax.
“...the Roc's golden boy [Kanye West] has all the accolades, the Grammys, the sales and the buzz. But there's another beatsmith in the Windy City that hip hop fans should be looking out for...” – Elemental
“Rookie Chicago beatmaker Copperpot puts more bounce in the step of underground rap than it has seen in many a moon. [Four Stars].” – Remix
“With many producer projects still on the way for 2007, it would look to be the year of the beat smith. To even be a face in the crowd would be a compliment, but Copperpot surely stands out.” – rapreview.com
Release Date: August 7, 2007
01. Come Back Home feat. KRS One (MP3)
02. Let It Go feat. Truth Enola (MP3)
03. Demo feat. Braintax (MP3)
04. I Am A Banana
05. I Put A What feat. Valeska Jakobiwicz
06. Art of Rap feat. Masta Ace & EdoG and members of Tortoise
07. Dem Know feat. KRS One
08. Water The Manatee
09. WYLA? feat. Prince Po
10. Blow feat. Psalm One
11. Dem Know (Club Mix) feat. KRS One and members of Tortoise
12. Do You Really?
13. Modern Vampires feat. Rodney P.
14. Clowning Arounding feat. The Time Bandits
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