An incredible album with a wide cast both on the production side and on the number of MCs participating. The end result is cohesive and yet very rich, it never feels repetitive, and it is full of little things to discover with each listening. Super high quality stuff.
Favorite track: Saltfish feat. billy woods & Denmark Vessey.
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I’ve heard rumors of a blue planet called earth
Destroyed by humanoids who didnt know it’s worth
You can drop me off there I’m prepared for their atmos-
Phere that they pumped full of their poisonous gases
Last I checked they had it made -
Until their nuclear winter had introduced a plague
The description was vague
Communication was cut
I’ve been gone a long time so I’m trying to catch up
Now lemme find what these fools left for me to pilfer
I heard they kept clouds in the sky lined with silver
or maybe that was sulfur Why did they choose to suffer?
Waiting for a savior to serve them their last supper
While addicted to uppers - that must have been a downer
I’d have left this Mother Earth exactly just how I found her
The gravity that surrounds her is pulling us toward her core
Now that I’ve landed on this strange planet let’s explore
I hit the terrain runnin
It was pouring acid rain And I swore that you could smell a Hurricane comin
It ain’t nothin i had a shield
plus a jet pack fueled by the magnetic field
goin Mach speed I see the shape of things
A level of devastation that only a desecration of the sacred brings
Racing Thru the vapor trails and molten ash
You’d think with all their bragging these humans be holdin cash
The old assassin in me smelt a trap
So I pulled out my blunderbuss with the fire power to melt your cap
That’s when I felt a tap and time froze
Bathed in light, levitating Was Gaia in a divine pose
She spoke directly to my inner peace
Reaffirming every element of creation was well within her reach
But then I woke abruptly wearing chains
I’m still locked up with dreams of a planet that is very strange
Tom Caruana - Strange Planet
Out on Tea Sea Records on March 4th 2022.
Formats: Digital, 2xLP (picture disk, clear/green splatter, orange or black), CD & Cassette.
Artwork by Mr Krum.
Thousands of years ago, a vast armada of spacecraft journeyed across an ocean of stars in search of planets capable of supporting life: to this aim, planet Earth was discovered and colonised. Only now do we begin to translate the recordings of this fantastic historical event…
Strange Planet (OST), the new album from UK producer Tom Caruana (Wu-Tang vs The Beatles/Jimi Hendrix, Son Of Sam) is the result of some of these audio finds.
Amassing an all star cast of solitary space cowboys, Mr Lif, Jehst, billy woods, King Kashmere, Denmark Vessey, Lee Scott, Paten Locke, Confucius MC, Willie Evans Jr, Kosyne, Magestik Legend, Joker Starr, Prince Po, VVV (Juga-Naut, Cappo & Vandal Savage), Boog Brown, Scorzayzee, Dillon, HPBLK, Skuff, Maddy, Skriblah DanGogh and Rup address this planetary good vibe zone.
Intergalactic observations have picked up readings of intense energy waves coming from Earth music, and the musicians capable of producing it are being abducted at an alarming rate. This is a glass onion of an album and there’s plenty of dots to join together. The album is in part a reflection of the times and our everyday lives on this strange planet we live on (everything was recorded pre-pandemic). No one was given a brief to work to either, the tracks (with the exception of Chains and Bounty Hunter On The Rise) just forming themselves. King Kashmere’s track really kicked off ideas for the concept of this collection, so it made sense to open the album with his track Stranded.
Strange Planet takes you on a far out experience, by looking at what’s already right under your nose.
Music wise Tom treats us to an array beats with rich textures, synths, banging drums, old film and radio samples, tinged with melancholia and the surreal. The closest Caruana project in sound to this is his Can sampling Inner Space from 2019.
1. Opening Credits
2. Stranded – starring King Kashmere
3. Critical Status – starring Mr Lif
4. Sandbag Veteran – starring Willie Evans Jr.
5. Pig Meat – starring Paten Locke – cuts by Paten Locke
6. Ole – starring Denmark Vessey
7. Planets Realign - starring Jehst & Jazz T
8. The Beginning – starring Joker Starr & Skriblah DanGogh
9. 3000 Volt Scarf – starring Lee Scott
10. Saltfish – starring billy woods & Denmark Vessey
11. Run Run – starring Majestik Legend
12. Intergalactic Observation
13. David Copperfield – starring VVV (Juga-Naut, Cappo & Vandal Savage)
14. Here’s A Sandwich – starring Prince Po & Jazz T
15. Never Be Kings – starring Confucius MC
16. Hostile – starring Boog Brown & Majestik Legend
17. Lost My Way – starring Maddy
18. Straw Dogs – starring Rup
19. Where Were You? – starring Denmark Vessey
20. Allen Stranger – starring HPBLK
21. Bounty Hunter On The Rise – starring Kosyne
22. iKnow – starring Skuff & Scorzayzee
23. Chains – starring Dillon - cuts by Dillon
released March 4, 2022
All tracks produced and mixed by Tom Caruana
Mastered by Leon Atter
Cuts on Critical Status by Nick Maxwell
Cuts on Planets Realigned, 3000 Volt Scarf & Here's A Sandwich by Jazz T
Cuts on Run Run by 2 Kool Tony
Additional vocals on iKnow by Pete Cannon
Artwork and layout by Mr Krum
Tom produces hip-hop music and runs Tea Sea Records. He has worked with UK & US rappers including Masta Ace, Large
Professor, billy woods, Paten Locke, Blu, Jehst and Lee Scott.
Tom has created numerous remix projects such as Black Gold, Enter The Magical Mystery Chambers, An Adventure To Pepperland Through Rhyme & Space, Baat Suno and Inner Space - you can find these on his remix projects page...more