An eclectic release that will leave you hungry for more.
After their first collaborative album back in 2010 entitled Studies in Hunger, which was digitally reissued in 2013, Dillon & Paten Locke are back with Food Chain. The record was released on Valentine's day earlier this year on the Florida-based Full Plate record label.
The duo, made up of Atlanta, GA, emcee Dillon Vaughan Maurer and Jacksonville, FL, producer Paten Locke, is back with an LP that lasts 56 minutes and spreads over 19 tracks. And although they might not be well-known to a wider public, they managed to feature some pretty interesting artists on their record such as Count Bass D, Homeboy Sandman, J-Live or Tone Tank just to name a few.
Sometimes considered as underdogs from the southern Hip-Hop music scene, they have no reason to shy away or blush with their latest release. Food Chain is a very diverse record whether looked at from a musical or lyrical standpoint. You will find more classical, smooth, jazzy productions on tracks such as “Nothin' with Nobody” and “Modern Man's Waltz”, as well as more unusual instrumentals, like on “Sound the Alarm”, mixing a hectic organ with siren sounds, or “Fall Back”, which incorporates distorted electric guitar riffs. The record is very well thought through and the various lyricists have skillfully been teamed with one another giving it additional depth. Paten Locke also provides the scratches and cuts on the album.
Most of the modern Hip-Hop clichés have been ignored for Food Chain and there is no music video available as of yet. However, Dillon & Paten Locke have uploaded a four part “Food Chain Informative Video Series” to Dillon's youtube account in which they talk about the record, the featured artists and where you can see them fooling around. The first part can be viewed here:
The record is available on Bandcamp as a digital download, as a limited edition double CD with instrumentals, as a limited edition 12” vinyl and even as a limited edition cassette.
There are no tour dates that have been announced from the duo except for a concert in September later this year in Berlin, but make sure to like Dillon's and Paten Locke's Facebook pages to keep up with any news, tour dates and new releases.