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Ancient Methods

by Spectacular Diagnostics

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  • Ancient Methods - Vinyl LP
    Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Run of 350 copies, of which 100 are available here on Bandcamp. Hype sticker on the shrink-wrap. The back sleeve features a short story inspired by the music on 'Ancient Methods.' Each Bandcamp order comes with a Rucksack Records alternate logo sticker.

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  • Ancient Methods - DIY Extinct Sleeve Edition
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    Limited to 50 copies only. Bandcamp-exclusive. Special empty cover which comes with an LP-sized sticker sheet to compose your own sleeve.

    The back sleeve features a short story inspired by the music on 'Ancient Methods.' This edition also comes with a Rucksack Records alternate logo sticker.

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  • Ancient Methods - Vinyl LP
    Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    This repress comes with a new hype sticker on the shrink-wrap. The back sleeve features a short story inspired by the music on 'Ancient Methods.' Each Bandcamp order includes a Rucksack Records logo sticker.

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about

'Ancient Methods' is a new album by Chicago-based producer Spectacular Diagnostics. A big bang of beatmaking matter: from cut-up jazz keys to distorted sci-fi movie dialogues. And from echoes of traditional Bollywood chants to three features by Billy Woods, ELUCID & Nosaj who, in contrast, break down traditions to shape their own.

In a Bandcamp Daily feature on Spectacular Diagnostics last year, the term “otherworldly” was coined to describe his beats on previous albums like 'Raw Unknown,' 'Avant Raw,' and 'Raw Game.' All part of a dense catalog since 2015 including collaborations with Quelle Chris, Jeremiah Jae, Milo, Vic Spencer, and early work with Westside Gunn.

On 'Ancient Methods,' the Chicago-based producer takes that otherworldly sample-fueled frontier even further, as suggested by vocal samples taken from Space Age-era cinema on tracks like "Countdown Clock," “The Wall” featuring Nosaj of New Kingdom, and the album's first single: “Raw Transmissions.”

“To me, the term ‘ancient methods’ is a reference to my process,” says Robert Krums a.k.a. Spectacular Diagnostics. “I still primarily sample from vinyl and physically dig for records. Even all the movie dialogue. So in some ways, I feel like a dinosaur in the way I work and approach my creative process.”

The back sleeve of each record features a short story by Brian Michael Murphy inspired by the music. As a media archaeologist, poet, and essayist himself, Murphy’s story adds an extra dimension to Krums’ own sonic layering: “Ancient Methods feels like the full evolution of my sound and my ability to craft a seamless record that tells a story,” adds Krums. “With that said, getting Armand Hammer and Nosaj as the guests set the tone. Their skill level and years mastering their craft is pretty untouchable.”

'Ancient Methods' drops November 26th on Amsterdam-based label Rucksack Records on vinyl and all digital platforms. In addition, there's a special Bones-colored vinyl edition available at Get On Down. Limited to 300 copies.

credits

released November 26, 2021

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Produced & Mixed by Spectacular Diagnostics
www.spectacular-diagnostics.bandcamp.com

Vocals recorded by Steel Tipped Dove
www.jfusaro.com

Mastered by Keith Kreuser

Design & Layout by Robert Krums

Liner Notes (back sleeve) by Brian Michael Murphy, Ph.D., media archaeologist, poet & essayist
www.brianmichaelmurphy.com

Sleeve Animation: Felix von Líska
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