Professor Elemental, the chap-hop alias of Paul Alborough, is unbelievably prolific. In 2015, he mastered the concept album with Apequest — a cleverly constructed sci-fi jaunt with beats and wit in full supply. Next came Professor Elemental & His Amazing Friends, which put remixes, b-sides and wholly original tracks together into one unique compilation. It was only last year that Alborough, as a part of The Menagerie, released the magnificent Odd Beast. He even found time to make an appearance on our first compilation, Volume #1: Birth, with a previously unreleased track that speaks to his consistency.… [continue reading]
Released in 1996, The Neverhood was the first game to make use of claymation in all of its animations. Its environments burst with distinctive singularity, but the game’s popularity was boosted by its memorable puzzles and, particularly, its soundtrack. Composed by Terry Scott Taylor, a prolific songwriter and founding member of Daniel Amos, its odd vocals and playful tone were a perfect match for a world pocked with fingerprints and creativity.
Just two years later, a sequel dropped for the PlayStation. Instead of a point-and-click mystery, Skullmonkeys took the form of a platformer. Its music, also written by Taylor, followed suit with more driving beats and evolving arrangements.… [continue reading]
We’re huge fans of Nick Lutsko at Secret Cave. In fact, just last year, he made an appearance on our podcast. He remains one of the friendliest people we’ve spoken to, and offered up heaps of insight on his music and work for Super Deluxe. Following on from his last album, Etc., Nick has recently released a new song — complete with an excellent music video.
MC Kat has been making waves in her native Latvia since she first appeared. Fresh, inspired and with big plans in mind, she’s a rapper who commands your attention from her first line to her last. We were proud to release a track of hers on our debut compilation tape last year (available free here). Additionally, she appeared thrice on our podcast’s third season (for Birds, Latvia and Drugs). She’ll be making more appearances on our podcast when we relaunch it later this year. Until then, you can look forward to a full album release from MC Kat in 2018.… [continue reading]
Often, we think of an artwork as absolute. Picasso’s work, for example, is simply Picasso’s work — unchanged over time. We’re aware that a digital JPEG of a painting will lose all of its tangible resonance, such as its finer brushstrokes. Yet, we still consider it to be a fair representation of an essential absolute. Those with a passing interest in art may even have some peripheral sense that a long life would naturally degrade the brilliance of a piece. But, outside of the exclusive world of art criticism and appreciation, it’s rare for us to consider the ways that an individual expression can evolve.… [continue reading]
This piece ties in to a podcast I recorded with Rucka Rucka Ali, available here.
For our final interview of 2017, we invited Rucka Rucka Ali to speak to us about his creativity and craft. Since 2006, Rucka has carved out a significant legacy as the internet’s most offensive parody artist. In his music, he often makes use of racial stereotypes and observations. All too often, and erroneously, his songs are accused of racism. In fact, his output is a cleverly constructed dissection of the culture politics we all drown in. They’re also incredibly funny, with a “no holds barred” attitude that starkly contrasts the safe-space mindset of modern liberalism.… [continue reading]
Last month, Goldie Lookin Chain released Fear of a Welsh Planet. It’s an album that continues their trend of hilarious, but relatable, hip-hop. To find out more on its creation, and the evolution of GLC across a lengthy career, I spoke to Rhys (also known as P. Xain). As the member responsible for almost all of the group’s music and production, he’s been deeply ingrained from their earliest beginnings.
Aside from Goldie Lookin Chain, Rhys has put out a number of intriguing solo releases.… [continue reading]
This URL initially linked to a detailed history of Volume #1: Birth, which is still online here.
After several months of putting the package together, Volume #1: Birth is finally available for download. In addition, zine subscribers should receive their physical copies within a fortnight of this post. Bringing this to you is a very proud moment for us. It contains music from both Secret Cave co-founders, regular contributors (like March and MC Kat) and several guests. Nick Lutsko, Professor Elemental, Vic Berger and DJ Douggpound all have tracks on this release, following on from our podcasts with them.… [continue reading]
March is an important contributor to Secret Cave. Our third season of podcasts, SCP3, currently features him as a regular cast member. However, he initially came into contact with us through his music. We used a bonus track from his previous album, THE RIDE, on our debut cassette tape. Despite being a mere fifteen years old, he has an impressive number of hip-hop explorations to his name. He’s a remarkably talented vocalist and producer for his age. This week, March released CRACKER LP. In time, we’ll be producing a full tape of this new collection of tracks for our upcoming store.… [continue reading]
This is an outdated post with links to now dead forms. Volume #1: Birth is now available on Bandcamp here!
This is something we’ve been planning and working on in the background since we announced our physical zine. While Issue #1: Birth is 100% free, including postage and packaging, we want to give all we can to subscribers. Therefore, anyone who’s signed up will also receive an equally free tape of music and MP3 download of the contents. For those who don’t make it onto our mailing list before publication, Volume #1: Birth will be available on Bandcamp. However, this initial run of tapes is going to be unique.… [continue reading]