If you’ve been following JOVM for some time, you may be somewhat familiar with the Birmingham, AL-based label, Communicating Vessels. Founded by Jeffery Cain, once a member of the sadly unheralded band Remy Zemo, Communicating Vessels has developed a reputation for releasing some of the most eclectic and diverse array of artists of any independent label in the entire country. The label has been the label home of Isidore, a collaboration between Cain and The Church’s Steve Kilbey; Gregory Scott Slay, a former member of Remy Zero, whose album was released posthumously; Cedric LeMoyne, another former member of Remy Zero; Preston Lovinggood; Armand Margjeka; and Dirty Lungs; as well as Birmingham-based hip hop acts, Shaheed and DJ Supreme and The Green Seed, who released their long-anticipated full-length debut Drapetomania (prounced druh-pet-oh-may-nee-uh) last year.
The second single off Drapetomania, “Gotchoo” is a densely layered track with subtle elements of ambient noise, psychedelia and features a cinematic, strummed guitar sample backed by woofer rattling bass and skittering percussion, some incredible turntablism by DJ FX and DJ Jeff C, paired with emcees R-Tist and C.O.M.P.L.E.T. spitting with a playful dexterity. As a fellow critic smartly noted, the song manages to channel the spirit of early 90s hip-hop without seeming like nostalgia-fueled mimicry. It’s playful yet it manages to convey a deeper message just underneath the surface.