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ASM is an artist based in France. With 3 critically acclaimed albums and over 600 concerts in 25 different countries to their credit, ASM has established itself as one of the preeminent hip-hop groups in Europe as of today.

Their unique pattern of sophisticated and expressive boom-bap fusion continues to serve as a refreshing reminder that hip-hop can be fun, artistically ambitious, and intelligent. Comprised of MCs Green and FP and DJ/producer Rhino, the international trio that grew out of a high school friendship (one Canadian, one German, and one English) first gained international recognition with their collaboration with Wax Tailor: "Positively Inclined" and "Say Yes".

They have since collaborated with Chinese Man, MF DOOM, Deluxe, La Fine Equipe, and many others. After exploring the depth of cinematic orchestration and pushing the boundaries of narrative rap on their opus The Jade Amulet, and a return to their original jazzy boom-bap on the String Theory EP, the 2 MCs of the group accompany Marseille-based Chinese Man on the "Shikantaza" tour in 2019, before joining the ranks of Chinese Man Records.

Thereafter, they take a new direction with the album Color Wheel, before being stopped in its flight by the world health crisis and the generalized lockdown. The group is inspired by this particular situation to propose a mini album: Blue Cocoon. ASM follows up very quickly with an ambitious project called Ōrigin & Juice combining their love for music, gastronomy, and natural wine in the form of an EP.

Psychedelic hip-hop supergroup and flagship artists of the ŌFFKILTR circle, Clouds in a Headlock exist in a parallel dimension. In the regular world, they are school teachers, ramen chefs, or goat farmers. In Phantasia, they can exist without labels or barriers as fractals of light or sword-swinging assassins. Phantasia has no boundaries.

The third single from alternative hip hop group Clouds in a Headlock's debut LP Breakfast in Phantasia sees the group consolidate their sound and lyrical dexterity on "Paperweight". The production by Runway 45 comes in the form of a soulful horn-driven beat that unexpectedly transitions into a smoked-out neck snapper.

The Ghost in the Machine slides through as always with carefully selected sonic sprinkles. MCs Lovecraft, Doctor Outer, and Èph complement each other with refined penmanship and rhyme-pattern agility. “Paperweight” hits DSPs on 28.10 courtesy of CMR in partnership with Fat Beats.


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