Rap has always had a tremendous impact on the production of Portishead sound-mastermind Geoff Barrow, but it’s been a long time since he’s tried making any of it himself. But Barrow, working under the name Fuzzface, is the man at the center of the new project Quakers, a crew that has 35 contributing members and a new album on the way. Below, listen to their track “Fitta Happier,” which samples a marching-band rendition of Radiohead’s “The National Anthem” and features verses from Stones Throw indie-rap mainstays Guilty Simpson and M.E.D. Shit is hard.

(via Pitchfork)

The self-titled Quakers album is out 3/27 on Stones Throw.

Comments (15)
  1. This is going to be the best hip hop album in a LONG time

    • -person who doesn’t like hip hop

      • I’m sure you thought GOBLIN was a masterpiece

        • I’m sure you thought Blackroc was a masterpiece

          • Blackroc was a piece of shit, as was Goblin. If you start talking about A$AP Rocky or EARL MF SWEATSHIRT or even Curren$y you can go fuck yourself because I’m a huge hip hop fan, I just also happen to be a big fan of production.

          • My point was this: We are living in a very good time for rap music. To proclaim that this is going to be “the best hip hop album in a LONG time,” based on the involvement of a guy who, however he may be influenced by the genre, isn’t really a hip hop musician, is to ignore the great music that’s been released recently by people who have dedicated their careers to the craft.

            Of course, you may be right. Maybe this will come out and it will be the best hip hop album in recent memory. Jonny Greenwood pulled something similar off when, as a relative newcomer to scoring films, he composed what was in my mind the most thrilling soundtrack of that year. It’s certainly doable. But don’t you kind of want to wait and see first?

            Also, stop getting so worked up about what you’ve just imagined to be my taste in music. It’s unbecoming.

        • point, thompson.

          • Thompson, there has been a lot of good hip hop in the last few years, but last year was a relatively shitty year for hip hop (with few exceptions like Undun). I think it’s silly to assume that just because this isn’t his main genre that other people will do it better. I’m sure people thought Damon Albarn was an idiot to attempt crossing genres, and that certainly turned out well.

          • The good news is Ben, I think you’ll have the last laugh here! Peace

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  3. Debby Downers are out in force today…dayum

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