Spectacular Diagnostics' "Avant Raw" guides you through 20 slabs of crackling, squelching, dusted, hip hop inspired oddities. While predominantly instrumental, Avant Raw's carefully selected rap cameos (Milo, Chester Watson, Nolan the Ninja, and Snubnose Frankenstein) are as stylistically diverse as their ever evolving sonic backdrop.
Avant Raw's artwork features a collaboration of some of today's freshest comic, illustrative and graffiti artists. Matt Furie, Benjamin Marra, Alex Schubert, John Pham, Gangster Doodles, Kid Acne & Finsta provide drawings, portraits and tags that've been rendered, reinterpreted, and fused with Diagnostics' own work. Dripping, dense, hyper-colored, meticulously detailed and low brow, Avant Raw's visual eco-system arrhythmically pulses along with its accompanying soundtrack.
released October 8, 2016
All tracks produced & mixed by Spectacular Diagnostics
Additional production on "Curse" by Chester Watson
Mastered by K-KRUZ
Artwork & design by Spectacular Diagnostics
Featuring original drawings / tags / doodles from Matt Furie, Benjamin Marra, John Pham, Alex Schubert, Gangster Doodles, Kid Acne, and Finsta.
It's generating a huge response, scoring a total of 93 points in meta-critics. AllMusic described the album as "a record that has complex content but is easily and confidently delivered with lyrics and a combination of jazz throngs and exquisite rhythms," and NME gives it a perfect score of five, describing it as a completely flawless record. A record that doesn't always fall on this year's list of albums of 2018 released by many media outlets. jwsmusic