MP3 – “Perfect Day” –
MP3 – “The Echoes” –
Jason Drake, aka Cassettes Won’t Listen, is not a stranger to cease and desists. Back in 2008 CWL was served with a cease and desist from none other than the RIAA for his Guns N Roses / Ludacris mashup titled Ludacris Democracy. The release matched up the yet-to-be-released Chinese Democracy with Ludacris acapellas. Needless to say, GNR nor RIAA liked the idea. The mashup was removed from the internet, left exclusively to the savviest of internet searchers.
Fast forward 3 years later, CWL gears up with a brand new album titled KEVINSPACEY, to be released June 21st, only to ruffle the feathers of the award winning actor and be hit with yet another cease and desist. Just another fork in the road for Mr. Drake as he’s just announced the album’s re-titling, EVINSPACEY. Same great taste, different name.
To kick off the new album name, CWL is offering a download from EVINSPACEY. One of it’s lead tracks, “Perfect Day” is being offered for free to fans. Download the free track here.
Cassettes Won’t Listen is the brainchild of Los Angeles-based, multi-instrumentalist and producer Jason Drake. A partner and previous director of marketing for famed indie hip-hop record label, Definitive Jux, Jason relocated from Brooklyn to Los Angeles in 2009 to record his latest solo record, KEVINSPACEY. A follow up to his 2008 release, Small-Time Machine, CWL’s newest project is a synth/sample-driven record showcasing Jason’s contemplative and melodic vocals while experimenting with dark and otherworldly themes of travel, distance and despondency. Three years in the making, the title is a nod to his newly adopted hometown, his fascination with exploration, observations of broken hope within the city, and of course, those who sit on top.
Cassettes Won’t Listen was initially just a bedroom affair; in 2004, he picked up the microphone for the first time after years of producing instrumental hip hop and electronic inspired beats. The result…¦future fan favorite and eventual single, “Cutting Balloons”. He soon saw the mp3 appearing on influential blogs including Gorilla vs. Bear and Scissorkick. As this fan base grew, Jason served up the digital-only EP Nobody’s Moving in October of 2005. “Cutting Balloons” reached #1 on WOXY’s Top 20 charts after just weeks of being added to rotation.
In the wake of the release of Nobody’s Moving, a wide range of artists, commissioned countless Cassettes Won’t Listen remixes, including El-P, (featuring Trent Reznor), Midlake, Asobi Seksu, Dr. Octagon, Pela, Dirty on Purpose, Mr. Lif, and Morcheeba, amongst others.
Cassettes Won’t Listen followed up Nobody’s Moving with 2008’s Small-Time Machine and 2009’s instrumental album, Into The Hillside. Both have received much critic fanfare, including radio tastemakers WOXY, KEXP, KCRW and favorable featured press from SPIN, Stereogum, Wired, Billboard, Playboy, NY Press, MTV, and many others.
Throughout the three years of recording KEVINSPACEY, CWL has continued to pursue his passion for remixing and producing work for other artists. This past year has seen remixes for The Death Set featuring Diplo, Gold Panda, Homeboy Sandman, and Houses, to name a few. His production has led to the formation of hip-hop group The Freeze Tag with Brooklyn-based MC Bisco Smith, experimental-downtempo band, Eka, and newly announced instrumental side project, Dfalt. He is also founder of NY/LA based artist collective, Daylight Curfew, showcasing solo hip-hop and electronic producers, indie bands, and visual artists nationwide. Plans for monthly Daylight Curfew events on both coasts as well as art gallery openings are in the works for the near future. Recently, CWL hosted MTV2’s Subterranean and premiered 3 videos on the network gaining him international traction and notoriety.
Look for more Summer and Fall tour dates TBA soon!
CASSETTES WON’T LISTEN
05/17 Brooklyn, NY The Rock Shop
07/14 Los Angeles, CA The Echo *
* = w/ Generationals
Cassettes Won’t Listen
Street date: June 21, 2011
1. Friendly Float
2. Perfect Day
3. The Echoes
5. The Night Shines
7. Turn Back The Other Way
8. Harp Darkness
9. Wave To The Winners
10. Pick Me Out
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