Filed under: Express Rising
While discussing the recent release of Fixed Rope, we here at Numero HQ were contemplating effective ways to contextualize this modern recording to the world. In the Numero universe, Express Rising point-guard Dante Carfagna is a sagely historian and consultant, with a hand in countless Numero releases. But in the musical universe at large, he’s a gifted musician in his own right. Confusing matters further, legendary mixes like Chains and Black Exhaust and Personal Space have since developed their own cult following (and bootlegs, to boot). His original music bears little-to-no resemblance to the records he champions. So what from Dante’s resume would best make Fixed Rope make sense?
We landed on this 62-minute mix of pitched-down rap singles (mostly instrumentals), recorded live at Danny’s Bar in Chicago. When set side by side, the minimalist compositions on Fixed Rope bear a closer resemblance to the slurred productions of Lil’ Jon than the obscuro 45s gathered on any mix tape or Numero compilation. Therefore, we felt this particular live set was particularly prescient of Express Rising’s serene LP.
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