Out Now: Ice-T & Mr. X Release Hip Hop DJs Don’t Play Techno E.P. (Electronic Beat Empire)

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Hip Hop DJs Don’t Play Techno is the second album release on Electronic Beat Empire, also known as EBE Nation, the electronic dance music record label newly launched by Ice-T and Mr. X.

With each listen, new layers of sonic surprises reveal themselves. Ice-T & Mr. X’s Hip Hop DJs Don’t Play Techno is both a revelation and a triumph.

Raw. Exposed. Pulsating. Like a robust heart throbbing with electrical energy, the musical team of Ice-T & Mr. X carries an explosive force. With a single-minded focus, the duo power-up their new album, Hip-Hop DJs Don’t Play Techno (Electronic Beat Empire), out now.

EBE Nation is a serious techno music record label. The music from Electronic Beat Empire, also known as EBE Nation, is pure, unadulterated techno. It’s fearless. It’s timeless. “4 Ever House” is harmonic tech-house filled with bounce and delicious, electro-tinged synthesizers. “Black Tech Know” pulls the BPM down a notch ‘til the syncopated, jazz-inspired strut and blending of genres become irresistible. “Call To War” has an insistent rhythm that feels more celebratory than militant. Humans have fully embraced extra-terrestrial intelligent life on “Damage Drones,” a tune that sows devastation on a dancefloor. The title track, “Hip Hop DJs Don’t Play Techno,” is an infectious, up-tempo piece with a funky swagger that’s both retro and futuristic. “The Master” evokes animated avatars busily play-fighting their way out of a digital, speeding maze. “Motherfunkin Bass” elbows its way to the head-of-the-pack and grabs the spotlight with its dynamic, playful bounce. The fearless saunter and funky percussion of “Nasty As We Want” makes this a tune for any sweaty, packed nightclub. “Danger Mouse” is a manic, bruising track that registers its electro-house jabs like a one-two punch. The assault that’s “Tell Em Yell Em” makes no qualms about asserting its razor-edged techno dominance. A vibrantly uplifting pattern of harmonic synthesizer-stabs characterizes “Water,” a bubbly tune as effervescently essential as its title suggests. “The EBM Theme” feels like a machine’s heartbeat as it pulses steadily toward the end of this album. With each listen, new layers of sonic surprises reveal themselves. Ice-T & Mr. X’s Hip Hop DJs Don’t Play Techno is both a revelation and a triumph.

About Ice-T

Ice-T is a rapper, actor and record producer whose influence on American pop culture cannot be understated. Formerly an edgy and controversial rapper, Ice-T is today perhaps best known for his recurring acting role as Detective Odafin “Fin” Tutuoala on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” a syndicated television police drama on which he’s starred since 2000. The great irony is that Ice-T’s perhaps most notorious early rap song was a collaboration with the band Body Count in 1992 on a track titled, “Cop Killer,” a groove metal and punk-rock song that left an indelible mark on pop culture.

Ice-T’s 1988 song, “Colors,” was the theme song for Dennis Hopper’s gang-based film of the same name. Subsequent albums by Ice-T in the 1980’s cemented his status as one of the West Coast’s most promising voices, with albums like O.G. Original Gangster (1991) often cited as one of the key factors in influencing the genre today known as “gangster rap.” Mixing social commentary with inflammatory lyrics, Ice-T pushed musical boundaries by recording and performing with the heavy metal band, Body Count. Ice-T has achieved multiple Billboard hit singles, including collaborations with heavy metal bands, Black Sabbath and Slayer.

Prior to the “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” television series, more recent acting roles for Ice-T include the reality show with his wife, Nicole “Coco” Austin, “Ice Loves Coco,” on the E! Entertainment Television Network. Early film acting roles for Ice-T (real name: Tracy Lauren Marrow) include, New Jack City (1991), Ricochet (1991), Trespass (1992) and Johnny Mnemonic (1995). Ice-T’s resume is volumes long and he remains an American icon.

About Mr. X

Mr. X was a fixture on the European techno scene for 15 years. He was, together with Westbam, part of the group known as Mr. X & Mr. Y. As a DJ and producer, Mr. X (real name: Afrika Islam) thrilled audiences at now-legendary raves, the Glastonbury Festival, Berlin’s Love Parade, and the seminal Mayday Festivals across Europe. Nightclubs across the European continent saw Mr. X performing throughout Germany, Poland, Russia and the Czech Republic. The die-hard techno music-lovers of Eastern Europe took a strong liking to Mr. X, affectionately dubbing him, the Machine Gun, the Red Alien, Master and the Hybrid, due to his legendary 50-track DJ sets. Mainstream media outlets in Europe embraced Mr. X, and he appeared on the British television program, “Top Of The Pops.” Mr. X is the first major artist signing to the newly launched Electronic Beat Empire record imprint with the first release, The Brutal E.P.

Get Ice-T & Mr. X’s Hip Hop DJs Don’t Play Techno E.P. (Electronic Beat Empire), here: http://hyperurl.co/izrjyx

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