tripl M.U.M’s “Desert Steve” is an immigrants story. But this is not your average 6 o’clock news headline immigrant…the immigrant here is the listener…and in “Desert Steve”, we are all immigrants.
The sound of the desert is the theme and rap is its language.
The “Desert Steve” album portrays an ancient culture alive, fighting and surviving in an all new world. That world is familiar; but it is wrought with danger. The musical textures presented by tripl M.U.M in “Desert Steve” are known as the desert dune beats… they are enriched by the wind sirens of Africa…and serenaded by the mineral melodies which stem from the sacred waters of the Fertile Crescent. This for us, the fans of this art, is pure hip hop bliss.
The character you see on the cover of the album is Desert Steve. Desert Steve is one who is on a journey to find an almost unattainable wisdom. Desert Steve is an undying soldier found wondering the great expanse caught in an endless war of environmental attrition. Desert Steve strives to maintain the blind people’s faith…and help them win back their love. But Desert Steve experiences great nightmares in this episode of the journey. In this particular chapter, Desert Steve is much fallible…he is challenged…but he is strong…and full of hope.
The ancient North African and middle eastern inspired music on the “Desert Steve” album haunts the rhyme execution from tripl M.U.M whose flow is well established for its depth, pace and tonal richness. It rests in a place that is renowned for solid production which is neither new school, nor old school, its the Community thing. The “Desert Steve” album really has its own curriculum. It has that essence found in the timeless methods of traditional hip hop production, a quality that the concrete city nightclub strives to be a part of but does not always get. But really, this music is for the soldiers…it is for those that fight for the peaceful life which is wrought with risk and temptation, confronted by an ever-present evil. The sound on this album is by no means settled, it is dangerous. Not unlike the very world in which we live…
Please join tripl M.U.M and his Community brothers and sisters on the 24th November 2012 at Mojos Bar Fremantle for the release of “Desert Steve”