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I Wish I Could Sample And Loop Your Brightest Moment (Selections 1994​-​2006)

by Brahm

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“.. for all of the types of electronic music Barber touches upon, he displays a remarkable amount of skill and nuance in each one.” -Delusions of Adequacy

Compilation of early Brahm releases. Track 3 previously unreleased.

An 80’s hip-hop fiend, Brahm (born Chaz Barber) dove fully into producing in 1993 purchasing an ASR-10 sampling keyboard (used by notables including RZA and EL-P among others). Finding his inner voice, Brahm created engaging and head-nodding soundscapes. Utilizing dusty drum samples, warm analog guitar, keys and effects, the result fits snugly in the late 90’s and early 2000’s instrumental area code of artists such as DJ Shadow, Prefuse 73, Buck 65, Fat Jon and RJD2.

Though he crafted and recorded hundreds of track, Brahm’s released output was limited to two full-length albums. These included his 2002 debut A Thousand Curves which also had guitar contributions from Cinca. He followed this up with Built To Be Brought Down on Lujo Records in 2005. The latter also featured contributions from Nathan Burke (Frodus, The Out Circuit) as well as Rachel Burke from (from Dischord Records Beauty Pill) on Vocals.

After Cinca (who also runs Swedish Columbia) started working with similar-minded blip-hop artist, El Huervo a few years ago, he became excited to release Brahm material. Reaching out, Cinca helped inspire Brahm to pull the ASR-10 out of retirement and start making music again.

This Selections album will be followed shortly by an unreleased Brahm instrumental album of early B-sides and then a new album for 2016!

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released July 8, 2016

Remastered in 2016 at Temple Of Triobelisk. Cover photo by Vance Lessard. Visual manipulation and logo by Prof. Yaya.

Tracks 2 and 10 featuring Nathan Burke on Guitar.
Tracks 11 and 12 featuring Rachel Burke on Vocals + Nathan Burke on Guitar and Vocals.
Track 13 featuring Nathan Burke on Guitar/Keyboard/Bass.
Track 3 featuring Shelby Cinca on Guitar and Bass.
Track 9 featuring Shelby Cinca on Guitar.

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Brahm Washington, D.C.

Photo by: Anthony Childs.

Washington, D.C. master of ASR-10 sampling keyboard since 1994. Returning for broadcast in 2016 with reformatted floppy disks and sounds.

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